7.5 tons of chicken, bread donated to local food bank

August 28, 2018
Some of the 5,000 pounds of bread donated to Facing Hunger Foodbank was unloaded from a truck on Monday at the food bank in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — A combined effort by Walmart, Tyson Foods and Bimbo Bakeries USA resulted in one of the largest single donations ever at Facing Hunger Foodbank as it received more than 10,000 pounds of chicken and 5,000 pounds of bread Monday afternoon in Huntington.

The donation equates to 13,750 meals for the 17 counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky served by the food bank through its network of 248 local agencies.

“We are so thankful for the incredible support ...” said Cynthia Kirkhart, executive director of Facing Hunger Foodbank in a statement. “This donation will allow us to help more residents in West Virginia who are struggling to get the meals needed to live a healthy life.”

The donation was granted through a partnership with Feeding America and facilitated by the region’s Walmarts, which applied for a donation grant from Tyson Foods and also coordinated with Bimbo Bakeries USA, the parent company of Heiner’s Bakery. The thousands of loaves of Heiner’s bread will be shipped out within the week, while the frozen chicken can be distributed

about a month.

“This means so much to us in this time when it’s harder to get more donations in,” said Stephanie Bryant, director of major development and special projects at Facing Hunger Foodbank

Located on 7th Avenue in downtown Huntington, the Facing Hunger Foodbank distributed more than 6.5 million pounds of food throughout the Tri-State last year, feeding approximately 166,000 people in an area where an estimated 35 percent of residents struggle with food insecurity. Much of the food distributed by the food bank arrives through similar corporate partnerships.

The majority is distributed through school-based backpack programs, which sends about 4,000 students facing food insecurity home from school with food each week, as well as local food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and programs servings seniors and veterans.

For more information or to donate, visit www.facinghun-ger.org.

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