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Brakes for Food

DOC Auto, a Chatham Heights auto repair shop, is teaming up with the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank during what is historically that organization’s lean time of year.  For the month of August, DOC Auto will perform a 27 point vehicle maintenance inspection free of charge, and, if the car needs brakes, will not charge for the pads or shoes in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food or back-to-school supplies.  The donations will be collected at the repair shop and picked up by the Food Bank.

“This is the sixth year we’ve supported the Food Bank this way”, Dave O’Connell, owner of DOC Auto says.  “When we began this program in the fall of 2005, Dayle Reschick at the Food Bank told us that late summer is their toughest time of year.  Times are really tight right now for a lot of people, so we feel the need to do this is stronger than ever.”

Appointments can be scheduled at DOC Auto by calling Brandon at 540/899-3732, or e-mailing  Donations of non-perishable food and back-to-school supplies may be made at DOC Auto at 175 Chatham Heights Road near Earl’s True Value.

The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank serves Virginia’s Planning District 16, the fastest-growing and fourth most populous in the Commonwealth.  Staff  distribute more than a million pounds of food annually.