Food and grocery items are donated and/or received from national and local food companies, government agencies, food drives, special purchases and from Feeding America programs.
Out of state food donations are delivered, and local food donation programs are picked up and everything is properly stored in temperature-controlled warehouses, freezers, and coolers.
Once the foodbank receives a shipment, it inspects for quality, sorts and repacks the items for distribution to member agencies throughout its service area.
Local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, school programs and backpack programs receive food from the foodbank and then give it to those in need.
provides nutritious canned, boxed, fresh, frozen, and prepared food to nearly 116,000 individuals annually. This food is recovered and secured from restaurants, supermarkets, food distributors, the USDA, farmers, wholesalers, sportsmen, and through food and fund drives.
distributes emergency food through 223 Partner Agencies and Programs including soup kitchens, neighborhood centers, family crisis centers, and homeless shelters for adults and children. By accessing food from the foodbank rather than purchasing from commercial outlets, each of these Partner Agencies has expanded resources to advance their own missions.
serves those who are hungry throughout the foodbank’s 4,538 -square-mile service area including Cabell, Boone, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mason, Mingo, Putnam, Wayne and Wyoming counties in West Virginia. Boyd, Greenup, Lawrence and Martin counties in Kentucky and Lawrence County, Ohio.
Feeding America contract states no member foodbank shall deny participation to any agency nor access to food on the basis of race, creed, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation including gender identity, sex, age or handicap. Nor shall any member foodbank distribute food to any organization which itself maintains any of the above discriminatory practices.
Any agency found to be discriminating in their food distribution practices will lose their foodbank privileges until they come into compliance with our non-discrimination policy.
Many communities have a local “food pantry”, sometimes mistakenly called a “food bank”. Most of these community food pantries are sponsored by local area churches and/or community coalitions.
A community food pantry’s mission is to directly serve local residents who suffer from hunger and food insecurity within a specified area. Community food pantries are self-governing and usually distribute food to their clients at least once-a-month.
A food bank is the storehouse for millions of pounds of food and other products that go out to the community. A food pantry functions as the arms that reach out to that community directly.
Facing Hunger Foodbank’s mission is to feed those in need by providing food to these food pantries for distribution into their respective communities. The Food Bank’s daily operation consists of sourcing and gathering food, sorting and cataloging the food, then warehousing the inventory to be distributed to our 223 members and programs throughout our 17 county service area in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Food banks and food pantries—they are not the same. But they share the same commitment. We are proud of our partnership with food pantries—and many other organizations—who act with us on the belief that nobody should ever go hungry.
May Mobile Pantries
Facing Hunger Foodbank will be offering a 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 Martin County.
May 9 Route Three Independent Baptist Church in Martin County, KY.
May 11 Goodwill in Lawrence County, KY
May 23 Christian Help of Mingo County, WV· Kermit
May 25 Culloden Christian Community Church in Cabell County, WV
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.
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 223 members and programs.
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.
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.
In 2014, through a grant opportunity funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation, Facing Hunger Foodbank expanded its services to include outreach through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This opportunity is one of the many means in which the foodbank works to ensure the nutritional needs of our clients are being met. We assist clients in 12 counties across West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio apply for SNAP benefits.
With thousands of seniors and working families in our service area living on a fixed income, many struggle each month to make ends meet. Senior citizens live on their Social Security benefits, and countless families bring in less than $1,000 per month working minimum wage jobs. For these individuals, the SNAP program is not just another form of public assistance – it is a potential benefit that can truly add quality back to their lives.
SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger. It provides much needed assistance to millions of Americans who face hunger, unemployment, and countless other difficulties. One of the keys to SNAP’s success is the fact that it is already built into our local economy and food system. With SNAP benefits, families and seniors are able to have a steady benefit to provide the essential resources for their family, and they also spend that money within their local economy which creates essential economic activity.
Despite the benefits of SNAP for those enrolled, the application process to receive benefits can be daunting. Many who are eligible for SNAP benefits are among our vulnerable populations, or they are too distraught from their current economic distress to successfully navigate the application process in order to obtain benefits. The foodbank works directly with clients to help them navigate this often stressful process.
If you are a partner agency of Facing Hunger Foodbank and would like to help your clients receive SNAP benefits, please contact us at 304-523-6029.
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.
Boyd County – C.A.R.E.S at 606-324-2949
Huntington/Wayne – Information & Referral (I&R) at 304-528-5660
Lawrence County – 211