In central and western Virginia (where Scottsville is located), one in every 10 people can’t take their next meal for granted. Forty percent of them are children.
Scottsville’s Mobile Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to these highly vulnerable members of our community. They include children, struggling families, the elderly, the working poor, people with disabilities, and the homeless.
The food distributed to these people comes to Scottsville by means of a refrigerated truck stocked with food provided by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. Its supplies of food, both perishable and non-perishable, come from a variety of sources: national supermarkets, food manufacturers, local grocery stores, and local farmers.
The mobile pantry visits Scottsville twice a month. Once the truck arrives, community volunteers step in to unload the food, package it into grocery bags, and distribute it to eligible people. Many of the volunteers come from local churches, including Scottsville Presbyterian.
In recent months, the number of people helped through this food assistance has been impressive. Usually between 350 and 400 families receive food on a typical distribution day. They may include as many as 400 children and 150-200 seniors.
The Mobile Food Pantry has become a great partnership effort between Scottsville’s citizens and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Scottsville Presbyterian is proud to be among those who are helping to meet the needs of our community’s hungry.