Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia receives $6,330 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

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NORFOLK, VA – The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia welcomes a $6,330 gift from Woodforest Charitable Foundation. 

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (FSEVA) was founded in 1981.  Since its inception, the Foodbank has distributed over 197.5 million meals through Partner Agencies and Programs within the community.  The location of the Foodbank has changed over the years but the mission has not, which is to educate the public on hunger issues and to end hunger within the community.

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia considers ending childhood hunger a major priority.  In their service area, more than 87,700 youth are eligible for the free and reduced price lunch program at their schools.  This is an indicator that local children are not receiving the nutritious food they need to learn, and grow. Food insecurity in children has adverse effects on their physical, behavioral and mental health, development, and academic achievement. Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness and a weak immune system.

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia piloted the BackPack Program in 2008. The program received positive feedback and was wildly successful, spawning the establishment of a region-wide BackPack Program. At present, the Foodbank serves 46 elementary schools in their area.  During fiscal year 2012, over 48,000 bags to more than 2,700 students were distributed. Food being distributed is child-friendly, non-perishable, and easily-consumed. The backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation.

“Thank you for your gift to support the work of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Your contribution given to the BackPack Program helps us in so many ways. We deeply appreciate your donation which is extremely important to our mission to eliminate hunger. We can continue to feed the need with your great support,” Joanne E. Batson

For more information on Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s contributions to this organization, please refer to the 2010 article on our website.  To contact this agency directly, call (877)486-4379 or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c) (3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the foundation’s website at

Celebrating 32 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.7 billion and services more than 1 million customers with branches in excess of 780 throughout 17 states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at