The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia operates the following programs with the hope of ending hunger and economic disparity – over 16.1 million meals (over 19.3 million pounds of food) were distributed through the following programs:
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 over 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, over 6.5 million of our donated pounds were 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 1,281,011 pounds of food to individuals who either could not travel to an agency or their local agency was at capacity.
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 5 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 2014, we served almost 244,000 nutritionally balanced meals and over 114,700 snacks to 2,900 youths at 19 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 51 elementary schools in our area, including the Eastern Shore. During this past fiscal year 2015, we distributed over 275,000 meals (more than 55,000 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.