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 the Foodbank – where millions of pounds of food are sorted, boxed, and delivered to 400 Partner Agencies and Programs.
The Foodbank is a Commonwealth of Virginia contractor for the distribution of USDA commodities to designated agencies. This source of food includes quality meats, canned and packaged fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, pasta and peanut butter.
Food Rescue Program
This is an initiative to collect prepared and perishable food from 150 area grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and discount retailers to distribute immediately to those who are hungry. Last year, the Foodbank collected more than 5.5 million pounds through this program.
For more information, please contact Leonna Benson.
Mobile Pantry Program
This system of distribution provides food to our neediest communities, while coordinating with our partner agencies and other social service organizations to determine delivery locations. During this past fiscal year, this program provided 902,544 pounds of food to individuals who either could not travel to an agency or their local agency was at capacity.
For more information, please contact Laura Dawson.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP is the cornerstone of the Nation’s nutrition safety net and an investment in our future. The SNAP program offers the opportunity for improved nutrition and progress toward economic self-sufficiency for participants. We urge individuals and families to take advantage of this program. It has been created to offer supplemental support for those who are struggling; the working poor, the unemployed, single parents, and the disabled. With even small amounts of SNAP aid, individuals then require less help from the Foodbank, so we can then serve more people. Every dollar spent on food from SNAP creates $1.84 of economic activity, employing people in agriculture, manufacturing, and retail.
For more information about SNAP, or to invite our Government Programs Coordinator to your agency, please contact: Cathy Davis.
This national after-school program was created by Feeding America™ and is administered locally by your Foodbank. It is a place where children ages 4 through 18 can go to receive free, nutritious evening meals in a safe, supportive environment. Sites operate in convenient locations in low-income neighborhoods where participating children can walk or bicycle to after school. In this past fiscal year 2013, we served almost 236,000 nutritionally balanced meals and over 61,500 snacks to 2,400 youths at 24 different sites through this program.
This national program distributes nutritious food to children at the end of the school day, before weekends, and/or school breaks. Students are identified by school personnel as being food insecure by a variety of criteria. More than 87,000 children in the Foodbank’s area are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches – a reliable indicator that hunger and food insecurity regularly threaten their respective lives. At present, the Foodbank serves 49 elementary schools in our area, including the Eastern Shore. During this past fiscal year 2013, we distributed over 260,000 meals (more than 52,000 bags) through this program.
The Foodbank promotes community gardens, a terrific source of vitamins and an alternative to processed foods. The Foodbank works with individuals and groups to plan, plant, care for and harvest a garden that is shared by everyone who participates. Additionally, the Foodbank began a Nutrition Education Program that was conducted at 2 Boys & Girls Clubs’ Summer Feeding Programs in Exmore and Virginia Beach. The Program goal is to educate children about nutrition and empower them to make healthy food choices. Through weekly hour long workshops full of hands on activities, they learn how to plant and tend a garden, how plants grow, the food groups, why we need vitamins and minerals, composting, weeding, how to sprout seeds, and how to make smoothies. They also have plant part taste tests and a variety of guest speakers.
With assistance from corporate partners and supporters like, Bank of America, Onancock Building Supply, Bundick Well and Pump, Hill Sand and Gravel, Inc., Parksley Livestock Supply, and Thomas Gardens, it is to our excitement to announce the addition of a community garden located at our Eastern Shore Branch.
Plant-A-Row for the Hungry Program
Local gardeners and farmers are encouraged to plant an extra row of produce and contribute that part of their harvest to the Foodbank and its member agencies.
Justine’s Clothes Bank and Tasley Thrift Store
The Foodbank clothes bank distributes vouchers to purchase new shoes. Our branch location on the Eastern Shore also operates a thrift store to meet the needs of the area’s struggling residents and to generate modest income for the Foodbank.
What Else Does the Foodbank Do?
• The Foodbank is also part of Feeding America, a nationwide network of similar food banks. Thus, the Foodbank can tap a vast pool of expertise.
• In 1992, Feeding America forged an agreement with the American Red Cross. Regional food banks stage food relief in natural disasters in cooperation with the American Red Cross. The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia has provided emergency food relief to victims of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Midwest Floods in 1993, Hurricane Floyd in 1999, Hurricane Isabel in 2003, as well as to victims of other domestic disasters.
• The agency relations department is available to answer questions and offer support and technical assistance. Various resource materials are also available for loan. 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.
Discrimination is NOT Acceptable
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.