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.
Food arrives at the foodbank
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.
Food reaches people in need
Local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, school programs and backpack programs receive food from the foodbank and then give it to those in need.
Facing Hunger Foodbank...
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 248 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.
Mobile Pantry Program
This system of distribution serves food to our neediest communities, while coordinating with our partner agencies and other social service organizations to determine delivery locations. This program focuses on providing a means for individuals and families to receive food when they cannot travel to an agency, their local agency is at-capacity or no current local agency exists.
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 223 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 Bill Hagy, Director of Food Sourcing at 304-523-6029 ext. 33
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.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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. For more information contact Jeff Blair, Program Coordinator at 304-523-6029 ext.31
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. For more information contact Veronica Degutis at 304-523-6029 ext. 24
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.
Boyd County – C.A.R.E.S at 606-324-2949
Huntington/Wayne – Information & Refferral (I&R) at 304-528-5660