Current statewide feeding estimates:
- 595,000 children receive free and reduced-price meals at schools through the National School Lunch Program (breakfast, lunch);
- 12,827 individuals participate in the Older Americans Congregate Meals Program (680,488 meals 2019);
- 13,898 individuals participate in the Older Americans Home Delivered Meals Program (1,957,271 meals 2019);
- 684,000 people currently participate in SNAP, with a potential increase as hourly employees’ income reduces and unemployment increases;
- 110,000 individuals participate in the WIC program;
- 14,934,774 meals served to children in child care centers through the Child and Adult Care Program (number of unique participants not available); and
- 894,767 meals served to adults at adult day centers through the Child and Adult Day Care Food Program.
** These needs are expected to grow as the pandemic continues.
Currently, 211 is the primary source for comprehensive food referral services and information. In addition to Virginia 211, other platforms for information include:
- No Kid Hungry (text FOOD to 877-877)
- Federation of Virginia Food Banks Regions
- No Wrong Door
- Agency/partner websites and social media
- Public service announcements
- Official press conferences