October 18, 2009

Matthew 25 Resource 10/18/09-The Huntington Area Food Bank (WV)

The Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization affiliated with America's Second Harvest, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. With their help, the HAFB has access to thousands of pounds of food and non-food items. The HAFB serves as a catalyst to get nutritious food to people in need of food assistance by centralizing the solicitation and collection of food and then redistributing it. The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio. The HAFB provides products to member agencies that feed the needy.

Food is free to the families who need it but the agencies pay between 0 and 18 cents per pound to help compensate for shipping and storage costs incurred by the HAFB.

The HAFB's mission is to help feed hungry people by distributing nutritious food and grocery product through our pantry/agency network. The HAFB envisions a future where no person in the service area goes hungry.

The HAFB provides product to food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs, and residential programs that know and directly serve the needs of hungry people. Member agencies must be private, non-profit and have an IRS 501 (c) (3).

Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in the Tri-State area. Currently, the food bank helps feed more than 85,000 people each month. These people are grandparents, kids, moms and dads that struggle to meet their basic needs. Many of the families served by the food bank are the "working poor" - people who work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities such as medicine and housing.

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