Together with partner agencies, the West Ohio Food Bank is making progress in helping people overcome food insecurity trying to find their way to self-sufficiency. Distributing food and grocery items to people in need through food pantries and meal programs that serve children, adults, families, and seniors enables the client to take dollars that would be used to purchase food, to be put toward paying rent/mortgages, utilities, and strengthening our economy.
West Ohio Food Bank is addressing hunger by increasing awareness and educating the public about hunger; connecting clients with federal benefits; collaborating with charitable partners at the local level to increase client stability; and, advocating for federal and state programs and policies that support low-income individuals.
We are one unified network – working together, learning from each other and helping people in need. We maximize the depth and breadth of our staff, volunteers, board members and partner agencies by sharing information and lessons learned to solve similar challenges and expand our knowledge and skill sets.
There are many misconceptions about what the food bank actually is. Some think it is merely another pantry serving the public, similar to a soup kitchen or shelter where individuals go to seek help.
The fact is we are not a pantry or soup kitchen or shelter. We are in fact the charity that PROVIDES the food to the pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. We collect donated product and store it in our 35,000 sq. ft. facility. Most “pantries” do not have the space to store a truckload of potatoes, cereal, eggs, etc.