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.