Who We Serve
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
There is a lot of need in Central Virginia – 1 out of every 10 individuals in Central Virginia is food insecure, meaning that more than 160,000 of our neighbors face hunger. And of that, more than 46,000, or 1 in 7 children, are not receiving the necessary nutrition. Sadly, as we work to recover from the pandemic, the number of individuals struggling with hunger is projected to increase across our service area to include 50,450 additional people and more than 20,600 kids.
The face of hunger has shifted dramatically during the last decade. Many are familiar with our programs that feed homebound seniors, but today hunger is farther-reaching, more recognizable than in the past.
These are our neighbors who are working one or more jobs and are barely scraping enough together to get by each month. These are our neighbors who are living paycheck to paycheck when an unexpected medical expense or car trouble takes them down, depleting what little savings they have. These are our neighbors who are forced to make tough choices each month between basic necessities – pay the electricity bill or buy healthy groceries for well-balanced meals for themselves and their families.
Feed More’s recipients, served through our more than 270 nonprofit and community partners including food pantries, soup kitchens, group homes and other community sites, are largely the working poor who come to seek our assistance in emergency situations. Their need is typically episodic – more than 60 percent of our clients visit a pantry between 5-7 times a year to get the food they need; this is by no means a long-term partnership.
In 2020, with the support of our community, we distributed 37,021,220 pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 30,851,017 meals to those in need.