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Editorial: Local food bank continues making improvements

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

For most Americans, food is everywhere, and overeating is a great temptation.

So it may be surprising to learn that one in six people, many of them children, face hunger in their daily lives. In fact, more than 6 million households went to a food pantry last year, looking for help with basic necessities.

It takes both national and local efforts to meet that need. A key player in the national effort is the Feeding America organization, which arranges for food donations from large corporate manufacturers and retailers and helps acquire government-supplied food.

To distribute those goods, Feeding America works with more than 200 local food banks across the country, including the Huntington Area Food Bank in our region. So, it was encouraging to learn last week the local food bank has addressed some audit concerns raised by Feeding America earlier this year, and HAFB is now back in full compliance with the national group.

The local food bank has worked to improve its documentation process and develop a strategic plan for equitable distribution of food among all of the 17 counties it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

"They said because we had met and exceeded expectations in terms of warehouse inspection and industry reviews, that we were good to go," food bank Director of Development Erin Highlander told The Herald-Dispatch last week.

The local food bank has had its financial ups and downs in recent years, and the audit is another in a series of steps toward good management and stability. That is good news for supporters and the community, but particularly for the many residents who depend on HAFB services to keep food on their table.

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