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Chew On This

Thoughtful reflections on the work to solve hunger in central and western Virginia, and insights into the experiences of our neighbors in need, from Food Bank staff and guest contributors.

How Do I Feed My Family in Lynchburg?

Or Charlottesville, or Winchester, or Staunton or Lexington or any one of many other communities in the Blue Ridge region….? It’s apparent to those of us working at the food bank that every day, that nagging and stressful question is on the minds of many caring, hard-working people in central [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: Post|Comments Off on How Do I Feed My Family in Lynchburg?

Food Bank Volunteers Jump into 2019 In Big Ways

January brought both hope for new beginnings and economic uncertainty. Our volunteers brought their hearts to the job of helping families put food on the table. During our recent partial government shutdown, many federal workers suffered financially for an unprecedented 35 days. TSA employees had to continue working without pay [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Food Bank Volunteers Jump into 2019 In Big Ways

Childhood Hunger is Family Hunger

Recently, I can’t stop thinking about kids of government employees who missed paychecks due to the shutdown, or kids whose SNAP benefits are in danger of running out before the end of the month. But earlier this month, winter break came to a close and all the things we associate [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Childhood Hunger is Family Hunger

Coping with the Unexpected

Until 10 years ago, life was good for Frank. The avid outdoorsman lived with his wife in a house they owned in Albemarle County. A building contractor by trade, Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing with his three beloved flushing dogs that he trained himself. I met Frank recently at the [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Coping with the Unexpected

Diagnosing Hunger

The problem of hunger isn’t always visible, and it takes a community to identify the need for food assistance and ensure that everyone has enough to eat. When it comes to helping children grow up healthy, pediatricians are vital to determining whether a child is eating enough and have a [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Diagnosing Hunger

More Ways to Lend A Hand

Years ago, the Food Bank got on board with the Gus Bus/Reading Road Show to distribute food to children in low-income neighborhoods. Recently, we began trailing the bus in our own van to bring fresh produce to their families. We now serve more than 500 children each month through this Neighborhood [...]

By |October 9th, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on More Ways to Lend A Hand