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April 9, 2018

Fauquier FISH receives Dominion Energy grant

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Fauquier FISH received recently received $7,500 from a Dominion Energy grant. Pictured: Elsie Shaffer, Fauquier FISH volunteer; Charity Furness Fauquier FISH executive director; Maggie Massie, president and board chair; Elaine Harris, treasurer; Tim Sargeant, external affairs manager for Dominion Energy.
Fauquier FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help), a nonprofit organization that operates food programs throughout Fauquier County, recently received a $7,500 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

The grant money will support many of Fauquier FISH’s initiatives, including the distribution of food baskets for about 250 families during the holiday season.

Fauquier FISH operates a food pantry three days a week in Warrenton and runs a Weekend Power Pack program, distributing more than 300 bags of food each week to children who might otherwise go hungry. The organization has been in operation for more than 30 years.

“We also host an event where children get a backpack full of school supplies at the start of each school year,” Maggie Massie, president and board chair of the nonprofit. “Thanks to support from companies like Dominion Energy, we are able to help our neighbors in their time of need.”

A branch of Dominion Energy, the charitable foundation has awarded more than $1 million in Critical Community Needs grants so far this year to help feed, shelter and care for people in 11 states.

Grants were awarded to 161 nonprofits.

“Our grant team was very impressed by the scope of Fauquier FISH’s year-round food distribution program,” said Tim Sargeant, Dominion Energy external affairs manager.

“We were very pleased to support such a worthy organization that reduces hunger and food insecurity for those who are struggling to afford the basics needed for a secure, healthy and productive life,” Mr. Sargeant said.

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