RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Last night 8News partnered with FeedMore to bring you Zest Fest 2016 — the annual gala to raise money to feed the hungry in our communities.
It was a night of good food, good music, and games.
Saturday’s Zest Fest featured 12 of Richmond’s top chefs, Virginia wineries, and craft breweries for all 450 sponsors to enjoy while raising money to alleviate hunger in central Virginia.
“They come, their hearts are big, their spirits are smiling and it’s just a really special night with some great energy,” explained Douglas H. Pick, president and CEO of FeedMore. “We really are stepping up to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”
“We partnered with FeedMore. One of our beers is called Give Bach. We actually teamed up with them and a percentage of sales will go to them to help feed the less fortunate,” said Mikey Bourquardez of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
Along with donations, there was also a silent auction to raise money. And, our very own anchor Juan Conde emceed the event.
FeedMore supports feeding programs like Meals on Wheels and Kids Café — serving over 800 seniors a day and 50,000 hungry kids. Proceeds collected from Saturday’s gala will go to help 205,000 people in need across Central Virginia.
“Being a part of Richmond and any type of community things we can do to help better Richmond, we’re definitely all about,” explained Beth Turk of Licking Hole Creek Brewery.
According to FeedMore, the organization serves neighbors across Central Virginia’s 34 counties and cities, spanning nearly one-third of the state. Through partnerships with business, faith-based, non-profit, public and other organizations, FeedMore offers comprehensive hunger solutions that target our region’s most vulnerable neighbors: children, families and seniors. From their Distribution Center that provided food for 17 million meals last year, the Hunger Hotline that connects people to nearby pantries, to our Meals on Wheels home deliveries, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach to hunger relief targets the many gaps in our region. Their annual impact on hunger is:
- More than 1 million meals provided to children (5 percent rise since last year)
- Nearly 21 million pounds of food distributed
- 1,628 elderly and disabled adults receiving meals