Food Bank Programs
To fight local hunger, the Food Bank must provide a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of Central Virginians facing this challenge. Our food distribution efforts include the Food Distribution Center, Food Pantry Programs, the Hunger Hotline, the Mobile Pantry Program, the USDA/TEFAP Program, and Children’s Programs. To ensure wide and targeted hunger relief, we work with hundreds of nonprofit, faith-based, governmental, and private programs to get food directly to people in need.
Our food acquisition efforts include working with industry groups, individual donors, community gardens, and other supporters to obtain donated products and to purchase additional needed foods. Food Donor, Purchasing, and Produce initiatives complement the results obtained from Food and Fund Drives. One of the major efforts to secure usable food is our Retail Recovery Program, which allows local grocers and suppliers to help fight hunger and the war on food waste by contributing—rather than throwing out—food that is still usable but no longer available for sale.