Hunger should not be an issue in Virginia. Still, nearly one million Virginians face hunger or food insecurity every day, including 250,000 children. That was before COVID-19.
Demand at Virginia’s Food Banks has surged 40% since mid-March – a stunning increase. Many Virginians are facing food insecurity for the first time. “We’ve never had to use a food bank before,” is a common refrain. These newcomers to hunger insecurity add to the hundreds of thousands of Virginia families for whom hunger is a daily presence. “I’ve never had enough food,” is an equally common statement.
No one should go hungry. That’s why Northern Neck is partnering with Virginia’s seven regional food banks to increase the supply of nutritious food to those in need around the commonwealth.
Virginia’s food banks anticipate that even more people will turn to food banks in the coming months as the economic impact of COVID-19 hits Virginia households. We are grateful to be able to help.
“We Care” Food Boxes – Northern Neck will help distribute 500,000 pre-packed food boxes to families across the state. The boxes allow for low-touch distribution to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and clients.
Farms-to-Families Fresh Food Boxes – NNINS will cover refrigeration costs so the state’s food banks can distribute more than 17,000 pounds of fresh produce and dairy products to Virginia families.
Healthy Harvest Food Bank – We are expanding our support to our local food bank in the Northern Neck to help our local neighbors.
In total, Northern Neck is investing $175,000 to expand the work of Virginia’s food banks. We are supporting this with volunteers and communications to help meet the need.
If you are can join us, please get in touch.
The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is the commonwealth’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Virginia’s seven Feeding America food banks and 1,500 partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In SFY 2019, the Federation and its member food banks were able to acquire and distribute 120 million pounds of food and grocery items. Visit the Federation on the web at www.vafoodbanks.org.