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.
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 248 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.
Discrimination is NOT acceptable!
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.
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
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 252 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.
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 Cody Lobo, Assistant Director of Programs and Network Development at 304-523-6029 ext. 30
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, Director of Member and Network Relations 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 & Referral (I&R) at 304-528-5660