WHO WE ARE
Feeding the Valley is one of eight regional food banks in Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA). We are also a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, the national network of food banks and our nation’s leading hunger relief organization. We are also inspected by the American Institute of Bakers, International (AIB) for food safety. http://georgiafoodbankassociation.org http://feedingamerica.org
WHERE WE ARE
Headquartered in Columbus, Ga., we serve as a centralized source for receiving and distributing donated food, fresh produce and grocery products from national and local retail donors as well as seasonal produce from local providers. In addition, area businesses, individuals, civic groups, schools and churches conduct food drives throughout the year to provide food for our programs. We also receive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Georgia Nutritional Assistance Program (GNAP) commodities. All collected food is inspected and inventoried in our warehouse before distribution. By meeting certain criteria and through an application process for 501(c)3 organizations, non-profit organizations and churches are able to utilize our services.
HOW WE DISTRIBUTE FOOD
We collaborate with more than 260 partner agencies (churches, non-profit organizations, emergency food pantries, after school programs, youth programs, senior centers, homeless shelters and others) that shop in our warehouse and then distribute to families in need and considered “food insecure” within their neighborhoods and communities. Because of our large area of service in 13 counties in Georgia and one in Alabama, these agencies are a vital outreach to families in need and provide a distribution channel to deliver food to people in need.
We also have a satellite warehouse in LaGrange, Ga. that concentrates on helping with food distribution in our northern counties of Troup, Harris, Meriwether and Talbot. This warehouse is conveniently located to a Walmart Distribution Center, one of our major retail donors.