no farms no food“…. the future is breaking through the soil.”

I’ll be the first to admit that the Northern Neck Food Bank today is not what we thought it would be when we started out three years ago; and  I simply could not be more pleased.  What I didn’t see in our future is a community that thinks about food security 12 months out of the year.  It is continually searching for new and innovative ways to help us complete our mission of providing nutritious supplemental food for low-income families.  But there is more…

This year our rural community truly found its niche when we began partnering with local farmers and growers.  Over 15 growers helped us not only reach our goal of feeding the families in the five counties that we serve; but also allowed us to send the excess produce to food banks in Norfolk, Newport News and our partner food bank Feed More in Richmond.  The people of the Northern Neck have also caught the attention of food banks across the country who are looking for new ways to improve the nutritional quality of the food they receive.  We are finding ourselves not just a part of the big picture when it comes to food insecurity; we are also helping to develop the strategy that will take food banks into the future.   Welcome to the next generation of food banks.
-Lance Barton, CEO