Federation of Virginia Food Banks Awarded $1 Million Grant from Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health


Richmond — Feb. 22, 2019 In an event at the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health announced that the Federation of Virginia Food Banks is one of four nonprofit organizations to receive grants from a pool of $5.5 million to support needs stemming from Medicaid expansion, and address social determinants affecting the health and well-being of low-income Virginians. The Federation will receive $1 million to improve access to nutritious foods through direct-service programs and partnerships throughout the Commonwealth.


Last year, Virginia’s food banks distributed 121 million pounds of food to more than 1 million people through 1,700 community agencies.

The Federation supports the seven regional food banks serving Virginia and greater Washington DC in providing food, funding, education, and advocacy. The Federation’s members are the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Capital Area Food Bank, Feed More, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, the Foodbank of Southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, and the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank. Last year, Virginia’s food banks distributed 121 million pounds of food to more than 1 million people through 1,700 community agencies.