Mission: To provide healthy nutritious food for those in need in the communities served (essex, lancaster, northumberland, middlesex, richmond and westmoreland including colonial beach)
Programs: The northern neck food bank provides supplemental food to over 12,000 people monthly in our six county territory of lancaster, northumberland, richmond, westmoreland, middlesex and essex, a 41% increase in the last year. Nnfb currently distributes a record 2. 1 million pounds of food annually to over 30 pantries and meal sites. We currently offer the following programs to those in need in our region: -core distribution consists of delivering food (40% produce, 40% non- perishable, 10% meat and 10% bakery/dairy food items) to our partner pantries. -backpack buddies provides 277 students in need six "child friendly" meals for the weekend in richmond, lancaster, middlesex, northumberland and westmoreland counties. -senior program provides 218 seniors 60 and above at 125% of the poverty level a healthy food supplement each month in lancaster and middlesex counties. -the agricultural program is a partnership with local farmers to assure access to produce fields for gleaning which enables us to provide each client a minimum of 40% fresh produce each month. We currently distribute 45% fresh produce every month to each food bank recipient. This is the highest percentage of fresh produce distributed through food pantries in the state of virginia. In the last fiscal year we distributed over 450,000 pounds of fresh produce, an increase of 94% from the prior year. Fresh produce in excess of what we distribute locally is then distributed throughout central and eastern virginia.