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Food Insecurity

The Office of the Dean of Students is dedicated to helping the students navigate and resolve difficult situations.  Should a less than desirable situation arise, please do not hesitate to call or visit the Office of the Dean of Students to discuss all options. If you are having to reconcile a food or financial crisis, please refer to the sources below for additional support.

It has become increasingly difficult for students to reconcile the rising costs of tuition, and living expenses while earning a degree, and thus many students find themselves having to choose between affording the cost of college and purchasing daily essentials, such as food.  The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to providing students with the necessary resources to successfully complete their degrees while leading a healthy lifestyle.

Below is a list of available food banks, soup kitchens, churches, and social services in Charlottesville and Albemarle County in which students can appeal to for food insecurity and malnutrition support:

 
(434) 972-4010
1600 Fifth Street, Suite A, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to 5th Street Extended at Wahoo Way (southbound) stop, CAT Route 3
Hours: 8:00 AM -5:00 PM Monday thru Friday
 
The Department of Social Services provides Albemarle County residents with access to food assistance (identical programs are offered by other counties as well) through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), originally called the Food Stamp program. In order to qualify, an application must be completed to demonstrate need. This program, allows individuals to purchase sustenance at various locations including food banks, grocery stores, select wholesale clubs, and certain retailers using a debit (EBT) card system.
 
 
(434) 296-3663
1207 Harris Street #B, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Preston Avenue at Harris Street (westbound) stop, CAT Route 8
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily
 
The Thomas Jefferson Area Food bank is a part of a far-reaching network that provides sustenance through the use of food pantries, soup kitchens, and partnerships with schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Much of their food is delivered to member agencies in the surrounding area.
 
(434) 973-2054
4133 Earlysville Road, Earlysville
Bus Information: No available bus route
Hours: Fourth Tuesday of every month 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM; Second Wednesday of every month 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Buck Mountain provides three-day emergency supplies of nutritious food to those in need.  The amount of food distributed is dependent upon household size.  Perishable and non-perishables are included in the pantry, as are non-food necessities. 
 
(434) 973-6512
1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Rio Road East at Greenbrier Drive (southbound) stop, CAT Routes 9 and 11
Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM; Fridays 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
As a partner of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, there is a compliance with screening to determine need. Once every four weeks, a two-day supply of food is made available, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Photo ID is required.
 
 
(434) 823-4420
1156 Crozet Avenue, Crozet
Bus Information: No available bus route
Hours:  Mondays 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Third Saturday of each month 7:00 Am – 9:00 AM
 
Crozet United Methodist Church distributes over 30,000 pounds of food annually to more than 300 families. In addition to offering food, the church also provides clothing to those in need. The Crozet United Methodist Food Pantry is dedicated to serving others in a safe and compassionate environment while maintaining the dignity of each individual.
 
 
(434) 293-8989
208 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to East Market Street at 2nd Street Northeast stop, CAT Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and the free trolley
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
          Soup Kitchen- Thursdays beginning at 10:00 AM
 
Distributing over 350 pantry bags each month, individuals and families can receive staple food items once per month.  Photo ID is required to receive food.
 
(434) 996-7868
2050 Lambs Road, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Georgetown Road at Hydraulic Road (northbound) stop, CAT Route 5
Hours: Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8:30PM; Wednesdays 2:00 PM – 4:00PM;
            Thursdays 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed on Mondays, Fridays, Sundays, holidays, and in the event of severe weather
 
Located near Albemarle High School, Loaves & Fishes is a food pantry dedicated to providing groceries once per month to low-income families and individuals. Applications to qualify are necessary and can be filled out at the Lambs Road location. Depending on need and eligibility, there are two categories of food available: USDA (including SNAP) and Pantry.
 
 
(434) 295-4058
207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Monticello Avenue at Ridge Street (westbound) stop, CAT Routes 1 and 6
Hours: Breakfast is served at 6:45 AM Monday thru Friday and at 7:15 AM on Saturday and Sunday; lunch is served daily at 1:00 PM; dinner is served daily at 6:30 PM
 
The Salvation Army is a ministry dedicated to providing resources to the community. Meals are available to all days of the week and are open to the general public who are in need of a meal.  In addition to offering meals, the Salvation Army operates a food bank and thrift store for items to be purchased at greatly reduced prices.
 
 
(434) 979-6354
851 Owensville Road, Ivy
Bus Information: No available bus route
Hours: Third Wednesday of every month 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 
St. Paul’s maintains a food pantry that contains non-perishable food, and other non-food essentials, such as cleaning supplies or health products.  Special dinner items are available in celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas during the appropriate times of the year.
 
 
(434) 979-9180
900 Harris Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Preston Avenue at Harris Street (westbound) stop, CAT Route 8
Hours: Calls must be made between 9 AM and 12 PM on weekdays and food can be picked up the same day between 1:30 and 3:30 PM
 
Available to residents in Charlottesville or Albemarle County, the Emergency Food Bank provides a once a month, three-day supply of food for a family. Both perishable and nonperishable food is included in the supply.  Baby food and formula can be provided upon request as well as diabetic and other medical need food supply options.
 
 
(434) 293-8179
717 Rugby Road, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Preston Avenue at Cabell Avenue (northbound) stop, CAT Route 8; or Grady Avenue at Preston Place stop, UTS Outer U-Loop Route
Hours: First Friday of each month, must be there by 9:30 AM
 
Located close to the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church provides staple foods for individuals in need once a month.  A picture ID is required for entry and recipients must be at the church by 9:30 AM to receive food.
 
Soup Kitchens
Monday: First United Methodist Church at 101 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to West Market Street at Old Preston stop, CAT Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12
          Hours: Beginning at 12:00 PM
 
Tuesday: Christ Episcopal Church at 103 West Jefferson Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to West Market Street at Old Preston stop, CAT Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12
          Hours: Beginning at 12:00PM
 
Wednesday: First Presbyterian Church at 500 Park Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Locust Avenue at Sycamore Street (north or southbound) stop, CAT Route 11
          Hours: Beginning at 12:00 PM
 
Thursday: Holy Comforter Church at 208 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to East Market Street at 2nd Street Northeast stop, CAT Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and the free trolley
          Hours: Beginning at 10:00 AM
 
Friday: First Baptist Church at 735 Park Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to North Avenue and Ashby Place (westbound) stop, CAT Route 11
          Hours: Beginning at 1:00 PM
 
Saturday & Sunday: Salvation Army at 207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville
Bus Information: Located closest to Monticello Avenue at Ridge Street (westbound) stop, CAT Routes 1 and 6
          Hours: Beginning at 1:00 PM
 
Daily meals are made prepared for any person in need of food on a rotating location basis. Some of the locations provide food insecurity support multiple times during the week.