The Southeastern Ohio Food Bank
Located at HAPCAP's Regional Food Center the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank has been working to alleviate hunger throughout our communities for three decades. We work with federal, state and local
organizations and community members to provide food to over 120 food pantries, soup kitchens and congregate meal sites throughout Southeastern Ohio.
Our mission is to channel surplus food to those who do not have enough, with a goal of making a positive difference in their lives.
In order to achieve our mission we operate hunger related programs throughout the year to supply our elderly and home bound neighbors, children who struggle with hunger after school and during the summer months and families and individuals in need of hunger relief with nutritious meals.
How Does a Food Bank Work?
Southeastern Ohio Food Bank is a large warehouse operation that receives surplus food donations from the government, major food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
The food is distributed to charitable feeding organizations (food pantries and soup kitchens) throughout 10 counties in Southeastern Ohio. Either these organizations can pick up the food or it can be delivered. Once delivered, the organizations distribute the food throughout their communities to those most in need. The food is also used in many of our programs geared towards providing food for the elderly, disabled and children struggling with hunger.
Our 10 county-service area includes:
The Senior Nutrition Central Kitchen
Also located inside of the Regional Food Center is the Senior Nutrition Central Kitchen.
The food for Meals on Wheels and the senior dining sites, as well as the summer feeding sites and meals for Head Start Children, are prepared at the RFC’s state of the art Central Kitchen Facility. The central kitchen provides over 1,200 meals every day which are prepared by our permanent staff as well as work study students from Hocking College and Tri County adult career center. We also work with Hocking and Athens County job and family services and police departments to allow their clients to work off community service hours by preparing food for those in need.
The Central Kitchen is also available for catering purposes.
Southeastern Ohio Food Bank is one of 196 Second Harvest Regional Food banks throughout the United States and Puerto Rico affiliated with the national organization Feeding America . The food bank also is one of 12 food banks affiliated with the Ohio Association of Food Banks (OAF).
The mission of Feeding America and Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks is to assist the nation and state to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
These entities help purchase and distribute surplus food from farmers and corporations, advocate to state and federal lawmakers and get the nation and Ohio involved in the fight against hunger. Ohio’s food banks in providing food and other resources to people in need and to pursue areas of common interest for the benefit of people in need.