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Bank aids local food pantry in its community service

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

The Louisa County Resource Council looks to expand its current warehouse with the grant provided by Bank of America. The warehouse serves more than 900 income eligible families each month.

The Louisa County Resource Council (LCRC) received a boost from Bank of America to help fund its  warehouse expansion project.  Bank of America recently informed LCRC’s board chairman, Earl Mielke, that it will provide a $10,000 Critical Needs grant to be used towards the estimated $80,000 expansion.  A steady growth in the number of people LCRC serves and the evolving nature of food donations have created an immediate need for more climate controlled storage at the 147 Resource Lane warehouse.

LCRC is the primary source of supplemental food assistance in Louisa County, serving more than  900 income eligible families each month through its Community Cupboard food assistance program.  An additional 50 families each month come to LCRC for emergency food assistance from the Emergency Food Pantry program.  LCRC is able to meet these needs through donations from individuals, civic organizations, churches and businesses.  LCRC partners with the Central Virginia Food Bank to purchase, at minimal cost, nonperishable USDA food products as well as frozen meats.  LCRC also relies heavily on generous donations from Walmart and the Walmart Distribution Center at Zions Crossroads, and from three area Food Lions.  Walmart and Food Lion contribute thousands of pounds of food each month to the Community Cupboard. Fresh food increasingly comprises the donations, and LCRC’s refrigeration units are always filled to capacity and often overflowing, according to LCRC Executive Director Donna Isom.

Food banks across the nation are increasingly offering fresh food to their clients as part of an effort to provide good nutrition to hungry people.  When businesses such as Walmart and Food Lion have hundreds of pounds of fresh food pulled from the produce department because it is nearing its “sell by” date, food banks like LCRC can step in and prevent the food from going to waste, while providing healthful options for its clients.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 6 edition of The Central Virginian.