Volunteers Helping to Provide Food for Louisa County Community
LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Volunteers in Louisa County are putting food on the table for more than 3,000 people who may otherwise go hungry in the area.
Elizabeth Franklin greets everyone with a friendly face, but she does a lot more than that.
“I have been volunteering for 3 years,” Franklin said. “It feels so good to give people food. When they come in and greet them at the desk, they're just so excited to get their basket.”
She is one of the folks who donate their time to Louisa County’s Community Cupboard program. The program provides fresh groceries to thousands of people in the area each month.
“There are some people that are so food insecure, and then live in the food deserts of our community - far from the grocery stores - that don't have reliable transportation that this is their food for the month,” Franklin said.
With the holidays approaching, volunteers want to give families one less thing to worry about.
“This is the time of year when our numbers increase, because the seasonal workers are now unemployed,” Louisa County Resource Council Executive Director Lloyd Runnett explained. “They need assistance at this point through the spring time.”
Volunteers also know a lot more people still need help: “We are only serving about half to maybe two-thirds of the clients in Louisa County that are eligible," Runnett said.