Kids who have access to healthy food are sick less often, heal more quickly and are less likely to be hospitalized. Makes sense, right?
Our food banks are working to change that.
We must work with the people we serve to elevate their needs and advocate for policies that work to end food insecurity in the Commonwealth.
and Health in Virginia
Americans who are most likely to experience food insecurity are also those most at risk of diet-related chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
We view nutrition security by partnering with health care to increase access to culturally relevant, nutritious foods and altering the built environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice so that everyone has the right to achieve their full health potential.
Farms To Food Banks
Agriculture is the Commonwealth’s #1 private industry; yet more than one million Virginians will face food insecurity this year. Providing fresh produce is a key part to fighting hunger in Virginia.
“Farms to Food Banks” is the Federation’s collaborative venture to increase the amount of food sourced from local growers and processors. Providing Virginia food for Virginia families improves the quality and diversity of our inventory while strengthening the regional food system.
Milk For Good
Milk is one of the most requested yet least donated items to Virginia’s food banks. On average, the families coming to our food pantries receive less than 1 gallon of milk per year.
Beginning in 2019, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks has made more milk available than ever before through the Milk for Good program. Your contributions will go directly toward the purchase of fresh, locally processed, nutrient-rich milk. On average, a $12 donation will provide 5 half-gallons (40 servings) of milk.