PROGRAMS

Mobile Pantry Program

Facing Hunger Foodbank will be offering mobile food pantries. Registration will begin at 10:00am, and food distribution will begin once that is completed. Please bring identification to verify you are a resident of the county the mobile pantry is being held. Please call if you have any questions. 304-523-6029

September 20, 2018- Putnam County – Freedom’s Promise

October 16, 2018 – Mason County – Goodwill

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

Warehouse Distribution Program

This program includes all food and grocery products from food drives, purchases, and donations from manufacturers and supermarkets. This is the heart of Facing Hunger – where millions of pounds of food are sorted, boxed, and delivered to 238 members and programs.

Food Rescue Program

This is an initiative to collect prepared and perishable food from area grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and discount retailers to distribute immediately to the hungry.
For more information or to contribute to this program, contact Cynthia Kirkhart at 304-523-6029 ext. 25.

USDA TEFAP Commodities

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.

Child Nutrition

Back Pack Program
One in four children in our region does not know where their next meal is coming from. Facing Hunger considers childhood hunger a major priority and is assisting students at every age to get the food they need.

School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Free and reduced price meal benefits are determined on a sliding scale. Reimbursement rates are established annually. For more information call your local School Administrators Office.

The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
The WIC Program improves the health of women and children by providing them nutritious foods at vital times – during and after pregnancy, infancy and early childhood. Click here for more information.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP is a Federal program administered by the Department of Agriculture to provide food for qualifying seniors. The program provides a monthly package of food designed to supplement the nutritional needs of low-income senior citizens.

Who we serve

Facing Hunger Foodbank has received a 2500 case load for identified residents in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Kanawha Counties of WV and a 463 case load for those in Boyd, Martin, Greenup, Lawrence KY

At least 60 years of age

Meet income guidelines (at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Income guidelines) based on gross income

Must be resident of distributing county

Spouses – each fills out their own application and each gets one box (if both are over 60)

Commodities of CSFP For Seniors

2 boxes Cereal
2 jars of juice
2 cartons of UHT milk
1 pkg. dry milk (every other month)
1 box of cheese
1 24 oz. can of meat (2 cans or pouches if less than 24 oz.)
1 bag of beans OR 1 jar of peanut butter
1 bag of rice OR 2 lbs. of pasta (1 box of spaghetti OR 2 bags of macaroni)
4 cans of vegetables
2 cans of fruit

Mission of CSFP

CSFP food packages are designed to provide protein, calcium, iron, and Vitamins A and C. CSFP helps assist in providing proper nutrition for seniors and promotes health, treats chronic diseases, decreases length of hospital stays and saves health care dollars. Hunger increases a seniors risk of stroke, exacerbates pre-existing ill health conditions, limits the efficacy of many prescription drugs and may affect brain chemistry increasing the incidence of depression and isolation (the National Council on Aging, 2005). CSFP is currently in 47 states plus the District of Columbia.

History of CSFP

In the late seventies, a study commissioned by the Detroit-Wayne County Agency of Aging was conducted, inquiring into the prevalence if malnutrition among senior citizens in the area. The findings of the study were that roughly 52,000 senior citizens in Wayne County, Michigan were nutritionally deprived. Following the study, Focus: HOPE proposed a one-year pilot program, to include 1,500 seniors in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. In 1981, Congress passed the Agriculture and Food Act, Public Law 97-98, approving the participation of a limited number of eligible senior citizens in the CSFP in pilot programs in Detroit and Polk County, Iowa. The Farm Bill, signed into law by President Reagan in 1985, made the “Food for Seniors” program a permanent part of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

GET ASSISTANCE

We partner with organizations that offer a variety of programs and resources. Eligibility is often determined by the location of your residence. Listed below are a few sources of information for available resources in your area. If you have additional questions about getting assistance, call our office at 304-523-6029. Listed below are a few of the places that can help give information.

Kentucky

Boyd County – C.A.R.E.S at 606-324-2949

West Virginia

Huntington/Wayne – Information & Referral (I&R) at 304-528-5660

Ohio

Lawrence County – 211

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