2019 Red Wagon Award
Red Wagon Award Winner - Mountaineer Food Bank - Gassaway, West Virginia
Mountaineer Food Bank (MFB) was created in 1981 and placed in Gassaway, WV in Braxton County due to its central location. Over the years, it has become the largest emergency food provider in West Virginia distributing over 16.7 million pounds annually. MFB provides food and other household items to over 450 feeding programs in 48 counties and serves approximately 24,000 children in West Virginia. These programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior programs, Veterans Table programs, mobile pantry programs, school food pantry, and backpack programs.
Mission: “Our mission is to feed West Virginia’s hungry through a network of member feeding programs and engage our state in the fight to end hunger.”
Vision: “A hunger-free West Virginia”
1. Caring Adults
Mountaineer Meals Summer Feeding Program creates an environment where all kids are welcome. Mountaineer Meals Programming is open to all children, 18 and under that provides free educational and creative activities plus lunch for youth each summer at sites in Braxton and Calhoun counties.
2. Safe Place
MFB assists by sourcing food to organizations that provide safe places for children and families. Several of their partner agencies are Boys & Girls Clubs, YWCA’s, afterschool programs, daycares, and other youth-focused organizations.
3. A Healthy Start
MFB focuses on distributing healthy and nutritious options through an inventory of product to agencies and programs. MFB partners with WVU Extension across several programs to provide nutrition education to share information regarding healthy lifestyle habits, food choice, and overall health.
4. An Effective Education
Mountaineer Food Bank’s mission to serve the food insecure of West Virginia strives to provide for children and families to be able to live out their full potential. When children have unmet basic needs, intellectual development can be affected. MFB and the network are here to help bridge the gap to provide food assistance but also by promoting health, advocating for policies supporting food assistance, and aiding in removing the stigma that surrounds hunger.
5. Opportunities to Help Others
Mountaineer Food Bank relies on volunteers of all ages to sustain, enhance, and operate our programs through packing boxes of food, bagging produce, facilitation of programs, and a diverse range of duties. MFB partners with many schools and youth organizations that bring a special energy and passion for their mission. Volunteering with MFB allows youth to serve and impact their communities and state with purposeful volunteer experiences to boost confidence and experience.
Address: 484 Enterprise Drive
Gassaway, WV 26624
Executive Director: Chad Morrison
Director of Community Programs: Laura Phillips