Louisa food pantry gets needed expansion

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

The Louisa County Resource Council has made some changes to its location with the recent project to expand and create a new warehouse.

 

The expansion of the Louisa Community Cupboard is well underway and will allow the facility to better serve residents.

The expansion of the Louisa Community Cupboard is well underway and will allow the facility to better serve residents.

The original warehouse, built in 2006, was used primarily for storage distribution of non-perishable goods.

When a walk in fridge/ freezer was salvaged from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School,  which was destroyed in the magnitude 5.8 earthquake in August of 2011, it was donated to the Louisa Community Cupboard by Louisa County Public Schools.

However, due to a lack of space to accommodate the fridge, the LCR board decided to expand the facility and began excavation on March 21.

Approximately 2,200 people depend on the community cupboard for food. The amount of people who need these items has increased due to rising food costs and the rise of unemployment.

Healthier food options have become available since the expansion. The Central Virginia Food Bank, Walmart, Food Lion and other local donors, are among those who donate these alternatives.

Food Lion averages 17,000 pounds of food a month and Walmart Distribution Center also donates 22,000 pounds a food a month, making the two the largest distributors to the community cupboard. Thousands of pounds of food donated, however, do require climate-controlled storage.

To read the entire story, see the July 11 edition of The Central Virginian.

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