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Mountaineer Food Bank

Total Qualifying Score: 3
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $3 million or below $100,000 – 0 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Mountaineer Food Bank
Gassaway, Braxton County, West Virginia 26624

County (ARC Region) Braxton
State (ARC Region) West Virginia


Q1. Mission:

Our mission is to feed West Virginia’s hungry through a network of member feeding programs and engage out state in the fight to end hunger. 

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Our organization works within many of these goals, but no more than in number 2. As a food bank, we distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and proteins through a variety of programs targeting seniors, children, families and military members. Our Fresh Initiative Kid’s Market provides education to elementary age children while partnering with local growers to introduce children to the local economy while providing them with healthy options. Our mobile pantry and housing program works with local produce collaboratives to source and distribute produce boxes monthly into most of our 48 counties. 

We are currently working to develop a partnership with the CDC, WVU Extension, WVU Health Sciences and many other organizations to create a Prime food pantry model that targets the health and food needs of the highest food insecure communities in West Virginia. 

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 40/12 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 32/5 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $4800000/$5000000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $4750769 / $2879051

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $4800000 / $5000000

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($140000)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($681000)
Received From: USDA   Date Received: 6/1/2020
For What Purpose(s): For the prevention and preparation for COVID-19 during distribution of TEFAP USDA commodities

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

COVID-19 has shocked the food system and our ability to source food in a timely manner. During April and May, our organization distribution more food during a 2 month span than ever before. We struggled ordering food due to the competitive nature across the country and saw delays of 2-3 months on deliveries. At a time when food was needed more than ever, transportation networks and food manufacturers were forced to shut down due to safety. 

Due to the massive increases in need and our distribution, we had to hire more staff and bring in more equipment that will take planning to maintain in the event that the pandemic continues or worsens. Once the CARES act kicked in, USDA foods became more available, but almost at so rapid a rate, that we needed additional storage space to take advantage of the foods. We now have two additional facilities that we are maintaining that came about due to COVID-19. Many of the needs were there before, COVID just accelerated and amplified the need to the public. 

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
How can our staff keep up
What happens when the commodities and congressional funding diminishes.
How do we build an infrastructure in West Virginia that is prepared for the next disaster as we are currently not as a state?

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

My hope is that participation in the long-term financial management cohort, we will be able to plan for the future needs of our organization financially and to chart the course for developing the infrastructure needed in West Virginia to mitigate natural disasters and public health crisis’s when we are called to action. Part of that will include a massive expansion of our undersized food bank and development of a coordinated food hub system in the state. 


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Short-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Chad Morrison, CEO

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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