Important Read! "Colleges Are No Match for American Poverty Amarillo College, in Texas, is working hard to accommodate low-income students—but it can only do so much." from The Atlantic

"....A 2017 surveyfound that 42 percent of community-college students nationally experienced food insecurity within the past month—which could mean missing meals altogether or not being able to afford balanced meals—while 12 percent were considered homeless at some point in the previous year...."

"....What separates Amarillo College from most of its peers is not any particular program, but how much it focuses on addressing the effects of poverty. The school and Lowery-Hart are being watched by college leaders all over the country, because finding realistic solutions for student poverty could be transformative for the U.S. higher-education system...."

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Addressing Food Need in Virginia: Where to Find Virginia Food Banks: A Gathering of Resources from Semein Washington

Below you can find a short overview of food banks in the state of Virginia. With our most fundamental needs consistently monetized and the efforts of city councils across the nation to make homelessness illegal, this information is invaluable. We hope to aid, bit by bit, civic efforts toward improving our state’s share of empathy and improved quality of life.

Food Banks listed represent four corners of the state, each with their own unique food needs and access.

Further resources can be found at Feeding America (http://www.feedingamerica.org/) and The Virginia Federation of Foodbanks (http://vafoodbanks.org/ ).

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (http://hrfoodbank.org/): “Established in 1986, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has been the leading hunger relief organization across the Greater Peninsula serving the 1 in 7 Virginians who struggle with hunger in the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry and York. In order to sustain the ever-growing need, the Foodbank partners with almost 160 member agencies made up of faith based organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers across our service area for people to turn to in times of need, and together, we have provided over 147 million meals.”

Contact Information: Address - 2401 Aluminum Avenue, Hampton, VA 23661; Phone Number - 757-596-7188; email - info@HRFoodbank.org

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Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore (http://foodbankonline.org/ ):Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America™ and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. In our mission to lead the effort to eliminate hunger in our community, the Foodbank has distributed over 331 million pounds of food equating to over 276 million meals throughout our 4,745 square mile service area, which includes 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. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Foodbank distributed over 18 million pounds of food equating to 15 million meals to the community.”

Contact Information: Main Office and Warehouse: 800 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23504; T: 757-627-6599 | 877-HUNGERX (877-486-4379); F: 757-627-8588; Eastern Shore Branch, 24530 Coastal Boulevard, Tasley, VA 23441; Mailing Address - P.O. Box 518, Onley, VA 23418; T: 757-787-2557; F: 757-787-7850

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FeedMore (https://feedmore.org/about-us/who-we-are/ ): “FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow. With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger. Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of more than 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.”

Contact Information: 1415 Rhoadmiller Street Richmond, VA 23220; Primary Phone: (804) 521.2500; Fax: (804) 521.2501; General Inquiries: info@FeedMore.org; Event Inquiries: events@FeedMore.org; Media Inquiries: media@FeedMore.org

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Blue Ridge Area Foodbank (https://www.brafb.org/): “At the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank we are driven by our core beliefs that hunger is unacceptable; that everyone deserves access to enough food; that food sustains life and nourishes health; and that we are called to serve neighbors in need without judgement.


We were founded in 1981 in Staunton, VA by a 5-member board, including the man who would become the first Executive Director, Phil Grasty. By the end of the first year, the Food Bank distributed 233,000 pounds of food to the hungry through 202 member agencies in 18 counties along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At that point in time, our work was considered a “major experiment in food banking” because of the rural nature of our service area.

As the need for emergency food assistance grew in other areas of the Blue Ridge region, the Food Bank expanded and relocated to a new facility in Verona, VA, now the headquarters of the organization. Three other branches were established in Charlottesville, Winchester and Lynchburg between 1982 and 1985.”

Contact Information:

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank: 96 Laurel Hill Road, PO Box 937, Verona, VA 24482
Phone: 540-248-3663; Fax: 540-248-6410

Thomas Jefferson Area Branch: 1207 Harris Street Charlottesville, VA 22903-5319
Phone: 434-296-3663; Fax: 434-296-9621

Lynchburg Area Branch: 501 12th Street, Suite B, Lynchburg, VA 24504-2527
Phone: 434-845-4099; Fax: 434-845-6153

Lord Fairfax Area Branch: 1802 Roberts Street Winchester, VA 22604-2342
Phone: 540-665-0770; Fax: 540-722-4217

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Feeding America Southwestern Virginia (https://www.faswva.org/ ): Feeding America Southwest Virginia was founded in 1981 and proudly commemorates 36 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships.

The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America and for the last three decades the Food Bank’s ultimate mission has remained the same: eliminate hunger in the region.

The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure large quantities of food for the hungry. Over $28 million worth of food and grocery related products are channeled through a network of 353 partner feeding programs in our 26-county, 9 city region that provide food or meals to those in need.

Contact Information:

Salem Distribution Center / Administrative Offices: 1025 Electric Road • Salem, VA 24153
Phone: (540) 342-3011

Abingdon Distribution Center: 21452 Gravel Lake Road • Abingdon, VA 24211, Phone: (276) 628-9266 • Fax: (276) 628-3947, Mailing Address: PO Box 2579 • Abingdon, VA 24211

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Colonial Heights Food Pantry (http://www.chfoodpantry.org/ ): “Colonial Heights Food Pantry, Inc. is committed to alleviating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance and preserve human dignity.

In FY2016: Colonial Heights Food Pantry provided 20,964 services to individuals in need. 2,787 Services to Seniors; 8,425 Services to Children; 9,752 Service to Adults; 8,799 USDA client services. Volunteers from the community served over 15,000 hours.”

Contact Information: Call us: 804-520-7117; Fax us: 804-520-7115; Find us: 530 Southpark Blvd, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Please share this information widely, with those who might want to donate or volunteer, and especially with those who might be struggling with food access.

In a state and a country as wealthy as advanced as ours, no one should go hungry.

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