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 248 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 2018, the foodbank distributed more than 7.4 million pounds of food.

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 Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Grants help to sustain specific programs like the BackPack Program and Mobile Pantry Program. 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.



Charlotte Hoffman Norris

Jenkins Fenstermaker : Huntington, WV

1st Vice President

Sarah Walling 

Jenkins Fenstermaker: Huntington, WV

2nd Vice President

Michael Chirico

District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Carol Miller


Dan Ware

Ware and Hall, PLLC: Huntington, WV


Julie Midkiff

City National Bank

Board Members:

Ms. Wendi Adams

Kroger Corporation, Huntington WV

Brenda Arrowood

Wayne County Board of Education: Wayne, WV

Mrs. Maria Bronosky

Community Leader: Huntington, WV

Bill Carpenter

Lincoln County Opportunity Co.: Hamlin, WV

Rachel Coffman

Creative Services: Charleston, WV

Alicia Fox

Marshall University: Huntington, WV

Teresa L. (Terry) Deppner Hardin

Community Leader: Huntington, WV

Angela Henderson

St Mary’s Hospital: Huntington, WV

David Jewell

Williamson Health and Wellness Center: Williamson, WV

Annette Johnson

Hershel “Woody” Williams Veteran’s Administration Medical Ctr: Huntington, WV

Dr. Andrea Kelly

Valley Health Systems: Huntington, WV

Julie Midkiff

City National Bank: Huntington, WV

The Reverend Bishop Samuel R. Moore

Full Gospel Assembly: Huntington, WV

Mr. Tennyson Thornberry

Store Manager: Huntington, WV

Ms. Cindy Wiseman

Vice President External Affairs and Customer Service, Appalachian Electric Power Company: Ashland, KY

Seth Young

Christ Community Church: Huntington, WV


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.

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 to be working directly with our members

William (Bill) Hagy
Director of Food Sourcing

Bill is a proud son of Marshall University having graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Post Graduate studies in Counseling & Guidance. Further studies in counseling were taken through the Ohio State Department of Education in conjunction with The Ohio State University. While at Marshall, Bill was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Social Fraternity and President of Kappa Pi Honor Fraternity.
Following seven years in education, Bill made a change to the world of retail where he served in a number of senior positions from Buyer to Regional Manager. Amongst the retailers with which he was associated was Lazarus, Kaufmann’s, Target, and Sears.
Following a brief period of retirement, Bill joined the Facing Hunger Foodbank family in July of 2017.

Suzanne Brady
Director of Development and Communications

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, fundraisers, and volunteerism.

Valorie Brewster
Director of Financial Operations

Valorie is a Marshall University graduate with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Accountancy and Economics, and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Co-ed Business Fraternity. She spent many years in Finance and Operations within the coal industry, as well as property management, banking, manufacturing and construction. She most recently devoted her efforts to the non-profit world at United Way in the roles of Finance, Resource Development and Database Management. She brings her love of our communities to Facing Huger Food Bank, with a strong passion to serve those in need.


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