Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings unite with Beans and Rice, Inc. U Serv AmeriCorps Members to Commemorate September 11th

Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are helping Beans and Rice, Inc.’s U Serv AmeriCorps members mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Local residents can help raise funds for a weekend backpack program serving 120 low-income children, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country help others through service and charitable giving.

On Tuesday September 10th, from 3:00 to 8:00 pm Chipotle will make dinner a selfless act. Local residents and students can “Eat For Change” at the Virginia Tech Chipotle on Main Street and College Avenue. Simply present the attached flyer or show it on your smart phone and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to weekend backpacks for low-income children.

All day Wednesday, Sept. 11th, Buffalo Wild Wings gives those interested in commemorating 9/11 a chance to “Eat Wings, Raise Funds.” Patrons can designate a portion of their pre-taxed meal purchases by simply presenting the attached fundraising ticket.

“September 11th is a day of history, emotion, and reflection,” said Michael O’Brien, U Serv AmeriCorps member with Beans and Rice, Inc. “For many Americans it is also a day of service and giving that provides an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to rekindle the compassion and unity shown on that day.”

September 11th was designated a national day of service by the 2009 Kennedy Serve America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with MyGoodDeed and hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.

This year’s projects will enlist volunteers in delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up as mentors, reading to children, and more. 

Beans and Rice, Inc. is a community development organization that improves the economic well being of low-moderate-income families and children through hunger relief, after school programs for at-risk children, micro-business development that create jobs, and savings programs that help families buy their first home and children save for education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and other programs; improves communities through the Social Innovation Fund; and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.

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Help Beans and Rice, Inc. Grow Capacities and Build Assets

Dear Valued Friend of Beans and Rice, Inc.,

On behalf of our beneficiaries, volunteers, staff, and board members thank you for your support. Now more than ever Beans and Rice, Inc. needs your help. Due to sequestration and state funding guideline changes, the resources our work depends upon are shrinking. Please help us continue improving the economic well-being of low-to-moderate income families and children by:

  • Providing hunger relief for local families and children – the estimated value of donated grocery items distributed in 2012 was $54,000 and 100 local children received weekend snacks and meals.
  • Providing a safe and structured afterschool enrichment environment – nearly 70% of classroom teachers reported regularly attending elementary students observed improved academic performance
  • Helping local families realize the American Dream through first-time homeownership and small business job creation– our asset building efforts have helped create 22 full-time equivalent jobs.

As you consider making a $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 gift or a $50 monthly pledge, I want to share an inspiring story that embodies our core principles of self-reliance and service to others.

Randy is a disabled veteran who for the last several years has benefited from Beans and Rice, Inc.’s local food distribution efforts. Even with the physical limitations that cause him to use a cane, every Monday Randy waits in line for an hour or longer. He shops for donated produce, baked goods, and meat at its shelf life’s end. Randy, however, is not just a recipient. He also serves his neighbors. Randy has worked shoulder to shoulder with our volunteers and staff to unload boxes, set up tables, and sort donated items into selection boxes. Randy is recognized for his positive, friendly demeanor and helpful attitude.

Several weeks ago Randy came to me and said he’d soon be leaving the area. He told me how much he appreciated the assistance we provided and wanted to make a gift before he moved. During Randy’s last food distribution visit he pulled me aside and said he had something to give. He handed me a $50 cash donation. For a disabled veteran on a fixed income this was an extremely significant gift. I was humbled.

Please follow Randy’s lead. Make a tax-deductible gift to Beans and Rice, Inc. that is significant for you. Use the enclosed card and envelope or visit www.beansandrice.org. Thank you for your valued support.

Click the link to print the full letter and contribute to Beans and Rice, Inc.’s work.
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Bank of America Charitable Foundation Helps Beans and Rice, Inc. Alleviate Local Hunger

Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded Beans and Rice, Inc. a $2,500 grant under the Foundation’s “Critical Needs” focus area. The award helps provide access to critical food supplies and services to feed individuals, children, and families in and around the City of Radford. The project provides weekly meal supplies to an estimated 450 households and children annually.

Banking Center Manager Andy Hullender Presents Executive Director Eric Bucey with a $2,500 Grant

Banking Center Manager Andy Hullender Presents Executive Director Eric Bucey with a $2,500 Grant

Radford has a sizable population of families and children impacted daily by food insecurity. The number of Radford households receiving food stamps recently topped 900. Presently, 39% of students enrolled in Radford City Schools are free and reduced lunch eligible, up from 23% in 2002. The rates at both elementary schools exceed 40%.

In 2012 Beans and Rice, Inc. distributed 26,000 pounds of donated grocery product to over 350 households. The total retail value of donated grocery product was estimated at $54,000. Additionally, the organization provided over 100 elementary school students with weekend food backpacks during the school year and summer. Individuals interested in supporting these efforts can make tax deductible donations online at www.beansandrice.org. Volunteers are needed every Monday morning from 9 am – 12 pm. Call 540-633-6270.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support to address needs vital to the health of our communities through a focus on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs, and addressing critical needs, such as hunger.

Beans and Rice, Inc. is a community development organization that improves the economic well being of low-moderate-income families and children through hunger relief, after school programs for at-risk children, micro-business development that create jobs, and savings programs that help families buy their first home and children save for education.