Federation of Virginia Food Banks
Growing the collective capacity of Virginia’s food banks
and engaging partners to end hunger in the Commonwealth
The Federation comprises all seven regional Feeding America food banks serving Virginia and the greater DC region. Click here to find out which food bank serves your community and either find assistance or learn about how you can help.
Legal Food Frenzy, an annual fundraising campaign created in partnership with the Virginia Attorney General, the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks is now underway! Attorney General Mark Herring has recorded a video to announce this year’s event.
Open to all law firms, legal departments, law schools/programs, and individual practices, this year’s campaign will run the entire month of April, and as always, funds raised will benefit your local food bank. Register your firm here.
COVID-19 and Food Banks
On average, Virginia’s partner agencies are serving 20% more people since the start of the pandemic. The Federation has worked closely with our seven-member food banks and our government and corporate partners to ensure no Virginian goes hungry during this crisis.
Our food banks have gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain our level of service and to ensure health and safety protocols are in place to protect our staff, volunteers, and clients. We are prepared to deliver additional resources where needed, but we know we cannot do it alone. We are grateful for the support of Governor Northam and our state agency partners, as well as to our corporate and individual donors.
Please remember that Federal and state programs are the first line of defense for those dealing with food insecurity.
We Care Emergency Food Boxes
A new streamlined food distribution model to handle the peak demand we have experienced because of the pandemic.
This innovative approach centers on a 20-pound, five-day emergency food supply package, which can be easily produced and handled, supporting social distancing for volunteers and clients. The boxes include helpful COVID-19-related healthcare tips.
Virginia’s food banks distribute the food packages across Virginia using their existing food distribution partners.
FeedVA.org is Virginia’s one-stop shop for connecting with food access stakeholders, exploring interactive data maps, and finding resources to support the food system in your community.
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 $5 donation will provide 24 servings, or three half-gallons, of milk.
Support Our Mission
The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit state association of food banks affiliated with Feeding America and is the largest hunger-relief network in the state. The Federation supports the seven regional Virginia/Washington DC food banks in building partnerships, securing resources, sharing data, and raising awareness of food insecurity throughout the Commonwealth.
Our mission is to grow the collective capacity of Virginia’s food banks and engage partners to end hunger in the Commonwealth. Last year, the Federation’s network distributed almost 118 million pounds of food and grocery products through 1,560 member agencies that directly serve those in need. These agencies operate programs such as soup kitchens, afterschool programs, senior centers and elderly feeding programs, Head Start, transitional housing, mental health programs, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and individual household distribution.
If you are interested in exploring a partnership with the Federation, please contact us.