Emergency Food Bank Celebrates New Space in Charlottesville
When families can't stretch their paychecks to buy nutritious food the Emergency Food Bank steps in to help. Now, the nonprofit has a new home.
Emergency Food Bank has served Albemarle County and Charlottesville since 1973. It has operated out of area churches, but as of Tuesday, the Emergency Food Bank has its own home and is celebrating with an open house Tuesday 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Families will now go to 900 Harris Street in Charlottesville to pick-up their grocery bags. It's near Concord Avenue. For the past 11 years, the Emergency Food Bank distributed food out of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, but the church needed its space back.
The nonprofit serves nearly 25 families each day Monday through Friday. Diane Bisgaier is the chair of the Emergency Food Bank and said as they head into fall the need goes up.
"It could be people who have incomes but it's not enough to cover all their needs. It could be grandparents taking care of children, the homeless or people on the edge of homelessness," Bisgaier said.
The Emergency Food Bank takes calls from clients between 9 a.m. and noon. Pick-up is between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Food donations are accepted but not at 900 Harris St., to volunteer or donate food call 434-979-9180.
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