Programs & Services

Backpack Program

The backpack program is designed for students and children within our 14 county service area. This program is geared towards providing a weekends’ worth of food to students who rely on their school for breakfast and lunch during the week. These packs are distributed through public schools, churches, and community organizations. This program is provided in the following counties: KY-Greenup, Lawrence  OH-Lawrence  WV-Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam, Mason, Mingo, Wayne, Logan

Each “backpack” provides:

  • 4 Entrees
  • 2 Milk
  • 1 Juice
  • 2 Veggie/Fruit Cup
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Snacks

Those interested in the program are encouraged to reach out to Rebecca Short at rshort@facinghunger.org.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

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. CSFP (also known as the Senior Food Box Program) is for seniors 60 and over who meet a set of income guidelines.

The box seniors receive on a monthly basis includes 34lbs of shelf stable items in addition to a block of American cheese. There are over 50 agencies actively distributing CSFP boxes in the following counties: WV– Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Putnam, Wayne  KY– Boyd, Lawrence, Greenup, Martin

Those interested in applying as an agency or as a senior participant are encouraged to reach out to Tanya McComas at tmccomas@facinghunger.org.

Medically Indicated Food Boxes

This program is geared towards households with one or more members who have been diagnosed with chronic diseases. Participants will receive nutrient specific foods, and materials intended to assist them in managing their illness, at no cost.

This program is distributed at locations in Cabell, Lincoln, Wayne, Mingo, Logan and Putnam counties. 

For more information, please reach out to rshort@facinghunger.org.

Community Supported Agriculture

This program is featured in the summer months, wherein Facing Hunger orders local produce from Fullers Tomatoes and Clark’s produce and then distributes the produce to Huntington senior living facilities.  At these distributions, each senior resident will receive 2 fruits, 2 vegetables, and 1 starch, with the menu changing each week.

During the Summer of 2022 we will be distributing locally grown produce to over 400 seniors, every week.  

For more information please reach out to Rebecca Short at rshort@facinghunger.org.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

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.

This program is implemented in most of our service area and to find a pantry providing this service near you, please contact Jim Nibert at jnibert@facinghunger.org or Tyler Fuller at tfuller@facinghunger.org.

“After I pay my rent, electricity and other bills, what’s left? You know, not much for food or medicine. My children buy my medication for me so I don’t go without. I’d be eating much less than I do now if it weren’t for this. This is a true blessing.
– Donna, Pantry Guest

Summer Food Service Program

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.

For more information please contact Rebecca Short at rshort@facinghunger.org.

Mobile Food Pantries

Mobile Food Pantries are opportunities in which residents are able to receive a variety of food in a drive-thru fashion. The locations change from week to week and the schedule for the Mobile Pantries is located on our Facebook page under the Events tab or on our website under the Get Help tab.

Times may vary, however registration begins one hour before the distribution begins. These distributions typically run for 2 hours or until supplies run out. 

Please contact Rebecca Short at rshort@facinghunger.org  for any additional questions.

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.