Words by Tamir “Rock” Frances – Founder of RVA Feed The City

This will be the 4th annual year for RVA Feed the City and the response so far has been overwhelming!  From the volunteers, to the sponsors, the media, even support from our delegates it has definitely grown over the years.

Four years ago on Thanksgiving Day I was stuck in Richmond while my family was away for the holidays.  After sitting around for hours I decide to link with a few friends.  With all of us wanting to do something to make a difference for the holiday we made a few sandwiches, grabbed some small bags of chips, and took bottled water out to Monroe Park and decide to feed everyone out there…. Well, we ran out of food in 5 minutes and hadn’t even covered a fraction of the park.  Even though it was my first time ever doing anything like that there weren’t many things I could think  of in that moment better than the feeling of giving back and making a change, big or small.

But it was meeting a guy out there that changed a lot of things.  After speaking to him for hours I knew immediately what I wanted to do.  Initially, it wasn’t start RVA Feed the City.  It was come back for Christmas, which is what I did with my family back in town.

The next year we decided to come back for a 2nd year bringing more food and inviting more people. The amount of help showed us that with the support there was no limit to what we could provide.

Going into our 4th year we now offer full Thanksgiving courses, non-perishable to go boxes, winter clothing for the whole family, haircuts, health screenings, employment opportunities, and other free services that are free way beyond the Monroe Park community.  Last year we feed over 600 men, women, and children not counting volunteers. This year we prepare for even more as we also open up to a few groups and organizations.

This year we have request from a few new sponsors but are still working with some of the same ones from previous years including

Sam’s Club, Gold’s Gym, WTVR CBS 6, Hot 100.9 & 103.7 The River, McDonalds, Macy’s, Old Navy and more.

How can you help?

Our official drop off location for winter clothing and canned goods this year will be Gold’s Gym.  Drop offs will begin November 1st.

 We will have large ‘RVA Feed the City’ bins in all Richmond locations and will accept donations until November 16th.  All canned goods and any clean, gently used clothing (men, women, and children) will be accepted including heavy jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, boots, shirts, jeans, thermals, etc.  If you are unable to make it to our drop locations we will accept donations at Monroe Park the day of the event until 12pm.

If you would like to volunteer at RVA Feed the City we will have a sign up sheet at www.RVAFeedTheCity.com starting November 1st.

I would like to personally thank everyone who has help with this event the past 3 years and challenge anyone who is in a position to give.

I do no profit from this event, only the satisfaction of being in a position to do so because there’s no better feeling than giving back!

4th Annual RVA Feed the City the week of Thanksgiving – Sunday Nov. 18th | Monroe Park | 2-5pm | Richmond VA.

Tamir is the Founder of RVA Feed the City.


  • As you are hopefully aware, there is a Community Thanksgiving Feast every year at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. I sincerely hope that you will help to spread this to those you are feeding the Sunday prior. This is not just about the homeless. It is an event for ALL to come together….share in food and fellowship….and be part of a diverse event, rather then everyone doing separate things. Please share about this – volunteer opportunities still remain (about 20 tables let). You can contact me at vneilson@thegivingheart.org and I will be more then happy to send you a flier that you can also give out to those attending at Monroe Park.

  • Count me in! This sounds awesome! Anything I can do to help spread the word, let me know!

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