The county’s homeless population had climbed 16% from 2011 to 2013, a total second only to New York City, the nation’s homeless capital. – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Richmond, VA - After serving the homeless and less fortunate citizens of Richmond, VA for five consecutive years, RVA Feed the City (RVAFTC) journeys to the West Coast to spread some RVA love to the citizens of Los Angeles on June 21, 2014.
This year marks the 6th annual gathering of taking food, resources and love to the homeless and RVAFTC is excited to gear up for both Los Angeles and Richmond. The organization, along with community partners and sponsors are currently rolling out several fundraisers to support both cities this year. Catering partner, GFC Catering is hosting what they call 555 Fridays; preparing delicious home style meals from over 10 items on their menu every Friday for $5.55 with the option to eat in or have them delivered to your door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Feed The City. GFC will also be with RVAFTC in Los Angeles to prepare all the food.
The organization’s signature fundraiser, Planet Rock ‘Puzzled Times’ Charity Art Exhibit, will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6p to 10p at The Mixed Gallery, located at 12 West Broad Street. It will be a solo exhibit featuring art from visionary and founder, Tamir Francis, to include food from GFC Catering, music, and recordings by the host of popular Show Bride TV & Dream Chasers, Lakia Gorden. “We are so grateful to be able to serve our city in such a united way each year, therefore when invited to impact the second largest city crippled by homelessness, I knew I had to answer the call by venturing across coastal lines to give back,” said Tamir Francis, visionary and founder of RVA Feed the City. ”My vision for RVAFTC is to create a global cry for homelessness and the time is now to expand beyond our back yards to everyone in need.”
The purpose of RVAFTC is to provide full Thanksgiving courses, non-perishable to-go boxes, clothing, haircuts, health screenings, employment opportunities, and other free services to the citizens who are currently down on their luck. Last year, we fed over 1,500 men, women, and children in Richmond, VA. Can’t attend, but want to help? Make a donation online at www.RVAFeedtheCity.com and find out more information about how you can help us begin to make a global impact towards ending homelessness. We will share more details for those in the Richmond and Los Angeles area who want to volunteer, sponsor and partner with us.
### About RVA Feed the City (RVAFTC) On Thanksgiving Day in 2009, a selfless request from a homeless gentleman to help feed his friends in Monroe Park has now culminated into an annual giving gathering where the city joins together to bring food to our homeless and less fortunate neighbors of Richmond, while also providing much-needed resources and entertainment.