The Nelson County Pantry is a privately funded, non-profit organization.


           P. O. Box 353
           9890 Thomas Nelson Highway
           Lovingston, VA 22949-0353

     “For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink…...”
             Matthew 25:35

The Nelson County Pantry is operated entirely by volunteers and the generous contributions from the many local churches,
civic organizations, businesses and private individuals. Grants from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the Community
Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and the Presbytery of the James provide needed funds.   

The average number of families has increased to around 250 representing nearly 700 individuals and we are distributing
around 10,000 pounds of food and packing about 650 bags of groceries each month.  Our distribution has increased
tremendously over the last few months to record levels.  Typically, we will have the busiest months in November and December.

    The Pantry is a member of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

    Your tax deductable donations are greatly appreciated and may be mailed to the:

                                                 Nelson County Pantry
                                                            P. O. Box 353
                                                            Lovingston, VA 22949-0353

Nelson County Pantry History

The Nelson County Pantry originated in 1997 from a series of meetings of concerned citizens and several local church
ministers. There were numerous small food pantries operating from the churches, but it
was felt the needs of the Nelson County residents could be better served through a coordinated effort. The first Nelson County
Pantry was introduced into service at the Massies Mill Presbyterian Church. As the needs of the Pantry grew, it became
apparent more space was required, and preferably a more centralized location in the County. In late 1999, after a brief stay in
the basement of the old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Lovingston, the Pantry moved across from the church to 611 Front
Street. We continued to use the basement at St. Mary’s for client registration, health screenings by RHOP and refreshments. It
was evident In
2003, that something would have to be done as the volume of individuals needing assistance increased. Not only was the
Pantry distribution area inadequate, but the use of the basement at the old St. Mary’s Church
Nelson County Pantry would no longer be available after its final sale. In late 2004, at the request of the Pantry Board of
Directors and the Pastoral Council of St. Mary’s, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond agreed to allow the Pantry to
construct a 1,500 square foot building at the south end
of the new church parking lot.  Funding for the new Pantry came from several large Grants and corporate
gifts as well as from local churches and individual donors.  On a monthly basis the Pantry provides supplemental food to more
than 225 households, representing approximately 600 individuals.  The food purchases and donations average over 8,000
pounds. The Pantry is operated solely by student and community volunteers. Students from the Nelson County High School
ALPHA Program and the North
Branch School as well as other student and community volunteers work diligently to stock, pack and
distribute the 600 grocery bags needed each month. The Pantry operates with an average of 75
volunteers contributing approximately 150 hours each month.

     Your tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated and may be mailed to the:

                                                                   Nelson County Pantry
                                                            P. O. Box 353
                                                    Lovingston, VA 22949-0353
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