- Provides nutritious canned, boxed, fresh, frozen, and prepared food to nearly 115,000 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 221 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.
Even though the foodbank is salvaging and distributing more food than ever before, census and poverty statistics clearly show we are a long way from meeting the need. In order to meet this goal, we have instituted more programs to obtain additional food to reach more people.
Food Bank vs Food Pantry
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 over 221 partner agencies 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.
What Else Does the foodbank Do?
• The agency relations department is available to answer questions and offer support and technical assistance. Various resource materials are also available for loan to our partner agencies. These materials give guidance and information on many topics, including how to organize a food pantry, sample menus, safe food handling, legislative issues, nutrition, local, state and national statistics, and much more.
• The foodbank works with a network of 221 community agencies and churches serving people in need.
• The foodbank is also part of Feeding America, a nationwide network of similar foodbanks. Thus, the foodbank can tap a vast pool of expertise and understand industries best practices.
• Facing Hunger Foodbank works with West Virginia and Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to provide emergency food and water relief to victims of disasters.
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.