The population targeted by the Foodbank is made up of individuals at risk of losing their food security by nature of the fact that they live at 185% or below the poverty level. According to the most recent statistics, over 75,000 people in our service area are at risk of food insecurity, and many from outright hunger, lamentably because of the fact that they live at or below the poverty level.
One in 7 individuals struggle with hunger. The Foodbank provides food assistance to over 152,000 individuals each year.
To help those families who struggle with hunger, the following programs are provided by the Foodbank:
- USDA/TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)
- Emergency Food Distribution
- Food Rescue and Neighbor to Neighbor
- Mobile Food Pantry
- Bread Plus
Community Outreach Programs:
- SHARE Hampton Roads
Nutrition & Food Security Programs:
- Nutrition and Self Sufficiency Training Program
- Kids Cafe
- Food for Kids BackPack Program
- Summer Food Service Program
- Culinary Training Program
- Food Safety Training
The vision of the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula is to inspire hope by leading the effort for a hunger free and properly nourished community.
The mission of the Foodbank is to distribute food effectively through collaborative efforts that minimize hunger, promote nutrition and encourage self-reliance through education.
The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is the leading non-profit hunger-relief organization, across the Greater Peninsula, which receives and distributes purchased and donated food. For fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the Foodbank distributed 11.7 million pounds of food and related products through our network of 170 member agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and faith based organizations.) In our 30 years of service, we have distributed almost 165 million pounds of food.
Our service area encompasses the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry and York . Based on the Map The Meal Gap, provided by Feeding America, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank's service area has one of the highest percentages of food insecure individuals in Virginia at 14.0% vs. the state average of 11.2%.