Farm to Food Pantry
Many of West Virginia’s food pantries lack the resources and cold storage capacity to offer patrons fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables—causing them to rely on shelf-stable, prepackaged foods that can be of lower nutritional quality and value.
Funded by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Farm-to-Food Pantry program provides cold storage units to two pantries in 10 counties: Barbour, Boone, Cabell, Greenbrier, Lincoln, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Roane and Upshur. This will increase the pantries’ ability to provide fresh food to patrons. Family Nutrition Program also helps pantries develop plans to increase the nutritional value of the foods they offer and promotes increased use of these foods among patrons by providing recipe demonstrations, taste tests and nutrition education programs.
By the Numbers
11 storage units
Farm to Food Pantry purchased 11 cold storage units for food pantries in 10 West Virginia counties.
10,000 pounds of food
Pantries received donations of 10,000 pounds of fresh foods in 2020 after receiving their cold storage units.