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Virginia’s First Lady visits area food bank

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, at center, speaks with Del. Margaret Ransone and Rod Parker at the Open House for the Northern Neck Food Bank.

Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, at center, speaks with Del. Margaret Ransone and Rod Parker at the Open House for the Northern Neck Food Bank.

Wednesday’s Open House for the Northern Neck Food Bank’s new warehouse in Warsaw was well-attended by guests from the Northern Neck and beyond that included farmers, town and county officials, local business representatives, former 99th district representatives Albert Pollard and Tayloe Murphy and current Delegate Margaret Ransone.
But the special guest was Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, who said she loved what the Northern Neck Food Bank was doing with regards to agriculture and produce as well as working with the local farmers and striving to feed more people better food.
“That’s why I’m here, and it’s an amazing open house. I love their new space. This is great, very exciting,” McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe was accompanied by her Chief of Staff Lincoln Saunders, a Northern Neck native who had been working in food security and farm policy in Indiana for the last two years after receiving his Master’s degree in Agriculture Policy Analysis at Indiana University. Saunders is the grandson of the late Luther Everette Welch, who was a venerable farmer, historian and philanthropist from Northumberland County.
In speaking to the attendees at the Open House, Pollard fondly recalled his friendship with Welch that began with a box of sweet potatoes and drew attention to the mission and work of his grandson and Dorothy McAuliffe…

—See the full story in the April 16 issue of the Northern Neck News, on stands now!


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