The Food Distribution Program acquires food and grocery products for distribution to thousands of food-insecure people across 31 counties and five cities in Central Virginia. With the help of approximately 350 Partner Agencies, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and child and adult care centers, the Food Distribution Center provides millions of pounds of food each year.
Representatives of these Partner Agencies visit our Food Distribution Center during designated hours to obtain the products needed by those they serve. They then take those groceries to their feeding site to distribute through their program. We provide canned and packaged foods, as well as bakery items, fresh produce, refrigerated products, frozen foods, and household grocery items. We do not charge our member agencies for the food they withdraw. Rather, our Partner Agencies pay a small handling fee of several cents per pound to help defray the costs of the Central Virginia Food Bank’s procurement, storage, and operations.
With the use of an online inventory system, we’re able to track the types of foods available in our Food Distribution Center and assess our effectiveness at acquiring the proper balance of high-priority foods that provide good nutrition to those in need. When high-priority foods like pasta or dairy products decline, we can spread the word about the need for donations of these items, or make emergency purchases so they’re available to our Partner Agencies, as needed.
Is your agency interested in participating in the Distribution program?
Click here to access our Partner Agency Inquiry form. Use this form to let us know if your church, school, or 501c3 is interested in becoming a new Partner Agency, or if you are a current Partner Agency and would like to begin additional programs through the Central Virginia Food Bank.