Emergency Food Network
|Our mission||The mission of the Emergency Food Network is to provide a three day supply of healthy groceries for balanced meals, at no cost, to individuals and families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.We have no financial eligibility requirements. People in need of food can self-refer (call us directly) up to once a month. Clients can access food more frequently if they have a referral from a church, social worker or other agency.|
Emergency Food Network
|Ways to help||
Office volunteerAnswer the phone and enter orders into the computer. 9:00–12:30, one morning a month.
BaggerFill bags with the items from our shelves at the pantry. Usually a two-hour commitment any time that suits you on the one day a month for which you volunteer. Children can volunteer with a responsible adult.
“Shelf elf“Help shelve the groceries after a big food drive.
Driver helpTransport food from a donation or purchase site to our pantry.
Occasional helpwe’ll add your name to a list of people who may be able to help with these projects. We’ll send out an e-mail when we need help. You accept only if it suits your schedule.
DriverPick up bags from our pantry on Angus Rd. and drive them over to our distribution site on Harris St. One weekday a month, from noon to 1:00pm.
ShelverMove cans and boxes from the cartons to the shelves at the pantry. Usually a one-hour shift, somewhat flexible in time-frame. Children may volunteer if accompanied by a responsible adult.
DistributionFinish filling the bags and give them out to the clients. Noon–4:00, one weekday a month.
|Items we need now||
non-perishable food items, toiletries, or household cleaning supplies
Your donation of non-perishable food or household items will supplement our ‘Extras’ program. In addition to fresh foods and non-perishable staples, EFN visitors may choose from a selection of Extras to complete their order. Our clients particularly appreciate the following items:
*SNAP benefits do not cover toiletries or cleaning supplies.
Please, no jumbo sizes, and no pasta, peanut butter or canned foods. We are already well stocked with these items.
Contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in donating food/supplies or conducting a food drive. We appreciate your support!Learn More
|How you help||Since 1973 we’ve relied on volunteers to keep our operation running smoothly. Our volunteers handle almost every aspect of our operations, from acquiring food, stocking shelves, bagging groceries, taking phone orders, delivering food to distribution sites and distributing food orders to clients. Most volunteer shifts require a time commitment of 2-4 hours a month.|
|About us||We are open three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.We committed to providing nutritious food to our clients, including milk, cheese, bread, eggs, and fresh produce in every food order. Recently, we have beenable to increase the quantity of fresh fruit and vegetables we give to our clients, and we are currently exploring offering meat as another protein source.Thanks to our incredible corps of dedicated volunteers, we run our operations on the strength of only one part-time paid staff member. Our low overhead and lean operation have made it possible for EFN to operate for nearly 50 years without government funding, or the contraints that such funding provides.|