Feeding People

Serving 48 Counties in West Virginia

Many communities have a local "food pantry", sometimes mistakenly called a "food bank". Most of these community food pantries are sponsored by local area churches and/or community coalitions. 

A community food pantry’s mission is to directly serve local  residents who suffer from hunger and food insecurity within a specified area.

Independent community food pantries are self-governing and usually distribute food to their clients on at least a once-a-month basis, or as more often decided by the local pantry.


Mobile Pantry


Mobile Pantries provide food to "food deserts" where food accessibilty is limited and/or scarce. Fresh, healthy food tends to have a short shelf life. To make sure food gets to our clients as quickly and fresh as possible, they are transported to selected locations and distributed by Mountaineer Food Bank. Mobile Pantries can provide a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and baked goods to people in need.


Hosted by churches, schools, and community centers, a Mobile Pantry can feed between 100 and 1,000 households.


For more information contact: Katie Chriswell

Phone: 304.364.5518 Email: katie@mountaineerfoodbank.org

Mountaineer Food Bank’s BackPack Program, provides snacks and meals for  kids who do not have enough food to eat on the weekends. For some children there is not enough food or not the proper nutritional foods, at home for adequate nutrition.


Nutrition deficiencies can lead to serious health problems; including,  impaired cognitive development,  growth failures, physical weakness,  anemia and stunted growth. Good nutrition makes children better prepared for school.  Kids become healthier, better focused and alert with better attendance rates and more eager to learn.


Back Pack Brochure

For more information contact: Courtney Putnam

Phone: 304.364.5518 Email: courntey@mountaineerfoodbank.org

Back Pack Program


School Food Pantry Program

Mountaineer Food Bank’s School Food Pantry Program (SFPP) provides a supplemental food resource for hungry students. It is estimated 1 of every 5 children do not have enough to eat. Mountaineer Food Bank will partner with schools to establish and maintain school food pantries. Schools will need community sponsors and fundraising to financially support the school pantry. Mountaineer Food Bank will collaborate with schools in order to maintain food levels and establish a delivery schedule.


School Food Pantry Information

For more information contact Laura Phillips or Courtney Putnam

Phone: 304.364.5518 Email: laura@mountaineerfoodbank.org  or  courntey@mountaineerfoodbank.org


Soup kitchens, meal centers, or food kitchens are places where food is offered to the hungry for free. Frequently located in lower-income neighborhoods, they are often staffed by volunteer organizations, such as church or community groups. Soup kitchens obtain food from Mountaineer Food Bank for free or at a low price. This makes it easier for them to feed the many people who require their services.



The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.


Many of the above programs utilize USDA TEFAP commodities.

For more information on feeding people and operating a feeding program click here.

info@mountaineerfoodbank.org   |  484 Enterprise Drive, Gassaway, WV 26624

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