Facing Hunger Foodbank History

Facing Hunger Foodbank is a private, non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1983 and is incorporated in West Virginia. Formerly known as the Huntington Area Food Bank, the foodbank initially served Cabell and Wayne Counties. The need was so great across the region that the foodbank expanded its service area after just its first year of operation. The foodbank’s service area currently includes 220 agencies across 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

In its first full year of operation, the foodbank distributed nearly 300,000 pounds of food to food insecure people. Since the turn of the century, the foodbank has consistently been distributing more than 3 million pounds of food annually. In 2014, the foodbank distributed more than 5.2 million pounds of food to nearly 115,000 people on a monthly basis.

Facing Hunger Foodbank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Through this program, the foodbank provides services to 12 counties in the region.

The foodbank also receives financial aid from the federally funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program (FEMA), allowing food to be purchased for member agencies in Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne Counties.

The foodbank also receives and distributes USDA commodities through the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Grants help to sustain specific programs like the BackPack Program, Mobile Pantry Program and SNAP Outreach. These programs help ensure clients of all ages have access to enough food.

Food drives held by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), public schools, local universities and numerous business and civic organizations in the Tri-State help to stock the Food Bank. Their charitable giving of food items, both perishable and non-perishable, is greatly appreciated.

Facing Hunger Foodbank was named Best of Huntington Award in 2012 by the Huntington Award Program Committee in the Best Non-Profit Organization. For two consecutive years, the foodbank has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator. The foodbank is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest donation of baked goods. ViSalus donated 52,000 pounds of its all natural “mini-meal” Nutra-Cookies.

Bradley Burck, President

Kathy Hettlinger, 1st Vice President

Terry Deppner Hardin, 2nd Vice President

Daniel J. Ware, CPA, Treasurer

Pamela Thompson Way, Secretary

Board Members:
Jeff Barnes
Michael Boster

Matt Jaquint
Charles “Chuck” Jessup
Charlotte Hoffman Norris
Chad Story
Dr. Kelli Williams
Stephanie Vlahos Bryant

Emeritus Members:
David Leap
Mary Ann Mickel
Sherri Perry
Francie Roberts Buchanan

Honorary Members:
Troy Brown

Meet The Team

Cynthia Kirkhart
Executive Director

Cyndi is a seasoned advocate and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of helping people, with a Master’s in Business Administration and Counseling and Psychology. Her career has been varied, from advocating for patients in West Virginia, serving as program director for the Children’s Home Society, to working at a domestic violence shelter. Cyndi served on the West Virginia State CASA Association board of directors for more than 10 years and is a member of the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy of the American Hospital Association.

Sam Sarcone
Director of Finance

Samuel began his employment at the food bank in November 2010. A student member of the West Virginia Society CPAs, Samuel is an experienced professional. He earned his BBA in Accounting from Marshall University in 2013 and served as Volunteer Income Tax Assistant to Beta Alpha Psi.

Suzanne Brady
Director of Development and Communication

Suzanne is a graduate of North Georgia College with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and 20 years of experience in recreation programming, event planning, and most recently a small business owner in downtown Huntington, WV. She joined the Facing Hunger team in August of 2016 and is pleased to be using her experience in event planning and customer service to encourage food drives, donations, and volunteerism.

Veronica Degutis
Director of Member and Network Relations

Veronica is an Ohio native who received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in psychology from Marshall University. She spent several years in New York where she worked on several research projects at Lehman College in NYC to improve soil/nutrients in US crops. Veronica has been with Facing Hunger Foodbank since August 2015 and is excited for her new role working directly with our members


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