The Federation is a Partner State Association of Feeding America, the national network of food banks and food rescue organizations. It was formed in 1989 to help support the food banks throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our mission is “building collective power within our network to create a hunger-free region.” The Federation’s mission doesn’t stop at feeding people; we also raise food and funds to benefit the food banks, create awareness of the issues of poverty and hunger, promote and sponsor programs to educate low-income families and give them the skills to become more self-sufficient, conduct statewide research and data analysis, and advocate on behalf of public policy changes to improve the quality of life for those who live in poverty or struggle during hard times.
The Federation is made up of seven independently-operated food banks and distribution sites located throughout the state. They are Feeding America Southwest Virginia (Salem), Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (Verona), Capital Area Food Bank (Lorton), Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, FeedMore, Inc. a.k.a. Central Virginia Food Bank (Richmond), Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton), and Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (Norfolk). Each of these food banks has their own network of partner agencies which include food pantries, soup kitchens, after school programs, and elderly outreach programs.
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