To advocate for new and existing food banks in the Northern Neck by providing low-cost nutritious food and logistical support in the way of storage, transportation and distribution.
As a rural community, Northern Neck food pantries were limited by time, space, money
and ability. Many food pantries purchased food at retail
prices locally, and due to limited cold storage, were unable to offer fresher,
healthier food. In 2009, three area food pantries
were supported with transport and storage of food and over the next year discussions were held for the need for an official CVFB distribution point in the Northern Neck region of
Virginia. In July 2010, the Northern Neck Food Bank officially formed, CVFB
created the NNFB as a rural Redistribution Organization and the NNFB received its non profit 501(c) 3 status in September 2010. Today, the NNFB has grown to serve 33 food pantries and distribution sites throughout Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, Essex and Middlesex Counties. The organization remains committed to meeting the unique needs of our rural community and continues to offer free delivery of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food to our partner pantries.
I was standing at the entry to a food pantry that I had been running when one of the most gut-wrenching realizations occurred to me. I had been serving, and smiling, and shaking hands with the people who needed food in our community for four years and I didn’t know any of their names. I knew the “stories” of so many, but never took the time to get to know the individuals themselves; and that was the day that everything changed.
The NNFB is an organization built on the idea that dignity is a much more important gift to offer someone than a box of canned goods. In a country where people do not starve, it is the only real currency. We realize that in order to truly help those in our community who need it, we have to start with a deep look at those who are willing to serve. There is an undeniable chasm between these two groups and for us it is more important to blur those lines than it is to distribute food. Until we are able to step up to the problem of “us and them”, no amount of “help” will be effective in changing the circumstances of someone’s life.
Finally, NNFB was designed with a built-in ceiling for growth by limiting ourselves to the six surrounding counties of the Northern Neck, Middlesex and Essex. This forces us to concentrate on building better resources at home, rather than building a bigger non-profit. It is here to cater to the unique needs of our rural community. Our desire is that if there is large-scale growth to come out of this organization, it would be in the form of an example that can be picked up by similar communities to be “owned” and operated by the people who live in those communities.
Julie Dudley, Executive VP of Development
The Delivery Program is very important benefit we offer the food pantries in our rural area. Through free deliveries to pantries, the NNFB has resolved a major challenge faced by Northern Neck food pantries, the ability to transport large quantities of food to their location.
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