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Goochland Hunger Awareness Week – April 22 to 28

Hunger Awareness Week in Goochland

April 22-28, 2018

Each year Goochland-area food pantries (listed below) feed more than 1800 Goochland individuals experiencing food-insecurity. Rachel is someone who struggles to make sure her family has food on the table every day. Rachel works two-part time jobs but still struggles to pay rent, buy medications for her disabled son, and purchase car insurance each month.  Rachel depends on donated pantry food to make sure her family will not be hungry between paychecks.

Rachel, and families like hers, is why Goochland food pantries work together every spring to organize a community-wide food drive. Rachel lives in western Goochland which The Federation of Virginia Food Banks considers to be a “food desert” — an area where populations live more than 10 miles from a supermarket or large grocery store if in a rural area (Ver Ploeg et al. 2012).

The Goochland County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed April 22, 2018 – April 28, 2018 as “Hunger Awareness Week” in Goochland.  They urge all citizens to actively participate in “Hunger Hurts. Goochland Gathers.” by donating food to Goochland food pantries.  The goal for this year’s food drive is to collect 30,000 pounds of food to ensure enough stock to last through the summer.

“Unfortunately, food insecurity for many in Goochland continues throughout the year,” stated Sally Graham, executive director of GoochlandCares (formerly Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services). “The Goochland food pantries are on the frontlines fighting hunger in Goochland every day. We need the community’s help to fill empty shelves to provide food for our neighbors in need like Rachel.”

Everyone at any age can easily participate in “Hunger Hurts. Goochland Gathers.” through your family, neighborhood, church, civic group, or business. Urge your church or neighborhood leaders to organize a food drive. There will be collection boxes at key locations throughout the county including Essex Bank, EZ Ship, and Goochland Family YMCA. Food Drive Bags provided by Publix.

The most needed items are:

Canned Items
Canned meat: pork, chicken, beef, tuna
Beans
Vegetables
Fruits and fruit cocktail
Soup
Peanut Butter

Dry Goods & Cooking Staples
Spaghetti & Pasta
Beans
Rice
Flour
Baking mix
Cereal and Oatmeal
Toilet Paper

For information about donations and how you can be involved, please contact your nearest Food Pantry:

GoochlandCares – Food Pantry
2999 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
Terry Lynn Ebright
804-556-6260
tebright@GoochlandCares.org
Friday, April 27   9am – 3pm
Saturday, April 28   10am – 2pm
Or call for appt. to drop off.

Victory Christian Church – Harvest Food Pantry
2850 Maidens Road
Goochland, VA 23063
804-556-5700
Sunday, April 15   9am – 1pm
Tuesday, April 17   3:30pm – 7pm
Sunday, April 22   9am – 1pm
Tuesday, April 24   3:30 – 7pm

St. Matthews Church – Neighbors Food Pantry
1706 St. Matthews Lane
Richmond, VA 23233
804-784-3176

Perkins Baptist Church
3146 Hadensville-Fife Road
Goochland, VA 23063
804-338-0505