The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore’s primary mission is leading the effort to eliminate hunger in our community. Here’s how we do it.
Collecting Food Donations
By providing nutritious canned, boxed, fresh, frozen, and prepared food to over hundreds of thousands of individuals annually. This food is recovered and secured from restaurants, supermarkets, food distributors, the USDA, farmers, wholesalers, sportsmen, and through food and fund drives.
Distribution Through Partner Agencies and Special Programs
We distribute food through over 370 Partner Agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency shelters and through programs such as our Mobile Pantry, Kids Cafe and BackPack Programs. By accessing food from the Foodbank rather than purchasing from commercial outlets, each of these Partner Agencies has expanded resources to advance their own missions.
Become a partner agency
National Affiliations for Disaster Relief
Our national network affiliation, Feeding America™, also has memorandums of understanding with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and EFSP. The Foodbank, and food banks across the country, act as the food component in disaster relief efforts.
We can assemble a full-course, nutritious meal for only $.35 – much less than the price of a postage stamp! In fact, for every $10 donation the Foodbank receives, we can assemble and distribute up to $60 worth of grocery products.
We do this with the help of volunteers and we pride ourselves on the work of nearly 6,000 volunteers who contribute more than 42,000 hours annually!
Serving all of southeastern Virginia as well as the Eastern Shore
We serve hungry people throughout the Foodbank’s 4,745 square-mile service area including the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Accomack.
Even though the Foodbank is salvaging and distributing more food than ever before, census and poverty statistics clearly show that we are a long way from meeting the need. In order to meet this goal, we have instituted more programs to obtain additional food to reach more people.