On October 19th, Governor Jim Justice announced the rollout of the Posey Perry Emergency Food Fund. Since then, Mountaineer Food Bank has received more than 250 applications from partner pantries in 46 counties, including every single county served solely by MFB.
During the 2023 legislative session, our state’s leaders continued commitment to addressing the health and workforce issue that is hunger in our state was on full display with the passage of an additional $10 million in funding to combat growing food insecurity fueled by increased transportation and food costs.
In West Virginia, one in seven children and one in nine adults are food insecure. More than 200,000 of our neighbors do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Mountaineer Food Bank and Facing Hunger Food Bank are working with the Governor’s office to administer the funds in rounds of grants by the end of 2023. Grant funds will be dispersed throughout all 55 counties with a hyper-focus on the most food-insecure communities in our state.
The first round of applications is complete, and awardees should be notified by mid-November. The second round of applications remains open until November 12th.
The Map the Meal Gap tool will direct the Posey Perry Emergency Food funds where the need is the greatest.
The funds will be administered to food pantries and organizations addressing hunger throughout the state to help community members you represent.
Visit: hungerfreewv.org for more information.