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Huntington Area Food Bank prepares for Holiday season

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 23:12

The Huntington Area Food Bank is a non-profit organization that works in correlation with the Feeding America. Feeding America is the largest hunger relief agency in the country.

The HAFB’s mission is to help feed hungry people by distributing nutrients, food and grocery product through the agencies network. The HAFB envisions a future where no person in the service area goes hungry.  
 “With the holidays coming up we’ve had so many people and organizations express interest in donating food or helping out in our warehouse,” Katie Quinonez, HAFB interim assistant director of development, said. “Yesterday we had a woman come in and donate $1,000 what she would have normally spent for Christmas presents on her children. She said since her children have grown and are out of the house, she wanted to do something useful with the money. We really appreciate the support from the community during the Holiday season. “
The HAFB provides food to pantries, shelters, soup ketches, senior citizen and youth programs. Members that are a part of these different agencies receive food for free or pay sheltered maintenance fee of 19 cents per pound and must be a private non-profit organization.

There are over 100 volunteers that help keep the HAFB running. Approximately one million volunteers nationwide come out to food banks all over the country to help sort products, pack grocery bags and staff special events.

“I’ve only been volunteering at the food bank for a couple weeks now,” Abigail Willis HAFB volunteer and Marshall University student, said. “I really enjoy volunteering a lot because of the energy in the atmosphere. I can just tell that everyone who works or volunteers at the bank wakes up and is ready to go. They are passionate about helping people in the Huntington area and I think that’s amazing.”

HAFB helps to feed over 96,000 people each month. These people are families that struggle to meet basic needs due to loss of employment or the downfall of the economy. The HAFB provides food for more than 260 agencies and 17 counties of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

Cash and small donations are accepted by the HAFB as well. For every dollar donated to the HAFB 7 pounds of food is distributed. Food donations come from local, regional and national resources. As the holidays approach, the HAFB prepares for its busiest season of the year.

Erika Rittenhouse can be contacted at rittenhouse4@marshall.edu.
 

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