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Free food banks in Virginia.

Free food banks across Virginia may be able to provide struggling individuals and families with free food, meals and groceries. Some of the centers listed below that may be near you provide assistance directly to people who stop by or call. Some locations in Virginia, such as those run by Feeding America, will direct people to other local charities, churches or non-profit organizations in their immediate community. There is also a referral phone number at the bottom of the page for more information on emergency pantries in the state.

Call the free food bank in your area that is near you 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. Some have staff that can help low income families apply for benefits including SNAP food stamps from the federal government. 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.

Local Virginia food banks and free pantries

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, and there are other locations listed throughout this page.

Regional free food distribution centers in VA

Capital Area Food Bank, Virginia location is at 6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079. Dial (571) 482-4770 or (202) 644-9807. They work with hundreds of partners in Northern Virginia, the most densely populated part of the state. The service area is Arlington, Fairfax County as well as city, Prince William County, Alexandria, as well as the cities of Falls Church, Manassas as well as Manassas Park.

 

 

 

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.

Get free food from mobile pantries or find fresh produce from Capital Area Food Bank partners. Or get help in applying for SNAP food stamps, WIC baby formula, the BackPack Program, or Kids Cafe, among other resources.

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank helps feed children, the unemployed, elderly and others. Many churches, charities, and non-profit pantries and soup kitchens are part of the network. The main address is 3631 Lee Hill Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Call 540.371.7666.

Low income households in the counties and cities of Central Rappahannock Region can use the center. Specifically, it is Caroline, King George V, Orange VA, Spotsylvania County, Stafford as well as the city of Fredericksburg. Get free nutritious food for the weekends from the Backpack program, find free emergency pantries, or apply for long term hunger prevention programs.

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank offers a wide variety of assistance programs. They include, but are not limited too, a Food and Resource Center with on site case workers. There are free Nutrition Education workshops to help families learn how to shop for affordable, healthy food and prepare it. Or get a box of free groceries from their partners.

Supports residents in the Hampton Roads area. Call for free food and other support, including referrals to non-profits and clothing closets. The main address is 2401 Aluminum Avenue, Hampton, VA 23661. The non-profit assists residents of the cities and counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry, York, Hampton City, the City of Newport News, City of Poquoson, as well as the City of Williamsburg. Dial 757.596.7188.

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore provides hunger prevention programs in the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, as well as Virginia Beach. The counties supported include Accomack Isle Of Wight, Northampton, Southampton, and Sussex.

 

 

 

 

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.

Families can get help applying for SNAP Outreach Program or emergency food stamps. Or learn about Senior Box Program (CSFP), apply to culinary schools, and get free produce, fruits, or groceries. The main center is at 800 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23504. Call 757.627.6599. A number of programs also assist veterans and active military members.

Feed More is the Feeding America food bank that covers a wide range of cities and counties. They include Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico County, King And Queen, King William, Lancaster, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond, Sussex, as well as Westmoreland County.

There are also low income food programs for the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, as well as Richmond. Get free food, groceries, and learn how to cook and shop for healthy food. Or find referrals to social services and other charities, such as Meals on Wheels, food pantries near you and other support.

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. Or The locations are:

  • 1415 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Call 804.521.2500
  • Healthy Harvest Food Bank is at 5116 Richmond Road, Warsaw, VA 22572. Call 804.577.0246

Feeding Southwest Virginia supports the rural part of the state where food insecurity may be the highest. Working with faith based partners, companies and charities, there may be free food boxes, groceries, baby formula and other support. The main center (for referrals) is at 1025 Electric Road, Salem, VA 24153.

The Virginia cities and counties covered include Alleghany, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe County. Feeding Southwest Virginia also works with partners in cities including Bristol, Covington, Danville, Galax, Martinsville, Norton, Radford, Roanoke, as well as Salem. For referrals or support, dial 540.342.3011.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has multiple centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, as well as Winchester. The main office is at 96 Laurel Hill Road, Verona, VA 24482. Call 540.248.3663. Tens of thousands of children, single mothers, and others get the free food and meals they need. There are also other resources such as Mobile Farm Markets, Meals on Wheels, and cooking as well as wellness classes.

 

 

 

 

The Area Food Bank is for the counties of Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Buckingham, Buena Vista City, Campbell, City of Charlottesville, Clarke County, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Frederick, Greene as well as the counties of Highland, Loudoun, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah. Cities supported are Harrisonburg City, Lexington, Lynchburg, Staunton, Warren, Waynesboro, and Winchester.

Lord Fairfax Area Food Bank
Location is 1802 Roberts Street
Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 665-0770
Thousands of low income families and seniors receive support. Items include fresh perishable food, emergency boxes, groceries, canned goods, and more.

Food Bank - Blue Ridge Location
There are a couple other main center. 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.

  • Main address is 1207 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22906. Dial (434) 296-3663
  • Lynchburg Area Food Bank main address is 501 12th Street,  Lynchburg, VA 24504. Telephone number - (434) 845-4099

More options for free food in Virginia

As indicated, many of these food distribution centers partner with local agencies, charities and government programs in Virginia. A holistic approach is used to battling hunger. So someone in need does have further options for free food or groceries that may be near them.

For example, learn about the SNAP food stamps or how to get cheap groceries from such organizations as Angel Food. Or dial (914) 409-8982 to find information on, including the locations as well as contact information, of additional free food banks and pantries in Virginia.

 

By Jon McNamara

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