The Southeast Ohio Foodbank & Regional Kitchen provides access to affordable, quality food resources to those individuals, organizations, and other entities seeking to mitigate food insecurity and promote good nutrition in an efficient, eco-friendly, and sustainable way, thereby supporting the mission and values of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP), our parent organization.
The Foodbank is a distribution center that provides an efficient operation to collect and equitably distribute government-funded, donated, and purchased food to our member agencies. These member agencies operate programs like food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, and other hunger-relief programs.
The Foodbank secures food donations from corporate and community donors, state and federal food assistance programs, Feeding America, the national foodbank network, and special purchase programs. In 2016, we distributed nearly 6 million pounds of food, including 1.4 million pounds of fresh produce.
The Foodbank is a member of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and Feeding America.
Our Kitchen provides direct client service for seniors and children in our community, repackages bulk food items for the Foodbank, offers catering services, and is available to the community for rent. The Kitchen is locally, state, and federally licensed. Last year the Kitchen served around 140,000 meals.
The Kitchen is a member of Meals-on-Wheels America.
In Southeast Ohio, 1 in 6 individuals, including 1 in 4 children, struggle with hunger. Those facing food insecurity include seniors, children, working adults, veterans, and students. A combination of rising food prices, SNAP benefit cuts, wage stagnation and underemployment has contributed to an increase need in our emergency food services. These individuals face tough choices, choosing between food and other basic necessities like paying for utilities, transportation, medicine, housing, and education.
We have opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer with us, both on a one-time basis and as a more long-term commitment.
There are opportunities for individuals, teams, groups, families, and workplaces. Volunteer opportunities include Meals-on-Wheels delivery, food box packing, kitchen assistance, fundraising/events, and more.... [more]