Food pantries across Virginia may be able to provide needy individuals and families with free food, meals and groceries. Some of the centers listed below provide assistance directly to people who stop by or call, and others will direct people to other local charities, churches or non-profit organizations in their immediate community.
Call the food bank in your area to get information about the services and options that they provide people who need help. They may have an application process or certain conditions that need to be met. Typically they will be open very limited hours and have some restrictions on how often a client can use the facility. Others may be able to provide free food and groceries to all who stop by.
The centers listed below are some of the major providers that operate in Virginia. However there are also other organizations that are more county specific. Check in with a location below in order to information on where to get assistance in your county.
Lord Fairfax Area Food Bank
Location is 1802 Roberts Street
Winchester, VA 22604
Thousands of low income families and seniors receive support. Items include fresh perishable food, emergency boxes, groceries, canned goods, and more.
Thomas Jefferson Area Food Bank
Main address is 1207 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6415
Lynchburg Area Food Bank
Main address is 501 12th Street, Suite B
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Telephone number - (434) 845-4099
645 Taylor Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Food pantry location is 6833 Hill Park Road
Lorton, Virginia 22079
Call (703) 541-3063 for hours
Free groceries, boxes of food, fruits, and more may be offered. May occasionally have more special items such as formula or service holiday meals, such as turkeys.
Capital Area Food Bank
1415 Rhoadmiller Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Main number - (804) 521-2500
3631 Lee Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Call (540) 371-7666
These locations support the northern Virginia area. They can provide free food through partnerships with non-profits, churches, and organizations like the Salvation Army. They often have information on other resources, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, clothing for work or school, or government programs such as food stamps.
Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula
9912 Hosier St.
Newport News, Virginia 23601
Supports residents in the Hampton Roads area. Call for free food and other support, including referrals to non-profits and clothing closets.
Many other centers operate in towns and counties across the state. Services offered include hot meals around the holidays, gifts for children, free food boxes, and other aid. Find pantries and food banks for your city or county in Virginia.
Feedmore of Central Virginia
This location supports the Tri-City area, Richmond, Henrico and nearby counties. There is a mobile food bank provided to families living in poverty, a Kid’s Cafe to feed children, SNAP food stamps, and more. More on Feedmore programs.
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (FSEVA)
800 Tidewater Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Call 757-627-6599 or toll free 800-253-7842
Among services offered in Virginia may include summer snacks for children and students who are out of school. Seniors and the elderly can also receive assistance, including occasional home delivered meals or lunches.
Salem Distribution Center
Address of the pantry is 1025 Electric Road
Salem, VA 24153
Abingdon Distribution Center
Main address - 21452 Gravel Lake Road
Abingdon, VA 24211
Main number is (276) 628-9266
As indicated, many of these food distribution centers partner with local agencies, charities and government programs in Virginia. So someone in need does have further options for free food or groceries. For example, learn about the SNAP food stamps or how to get cheap groceries from such organizations as Angel Food. Or dial 757.314.4572 to find information on, including the locations of, additional free food banks and pantries in Virginia.