In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality can be much different.
Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food. And some of these folks are right here in “our back yard”!
The Nelson County Pantry is dedicated to assisting our County residents who find themselves in need of food assistance. On a monthly basis the Pantry provides supplemental food to more than 275 households, representing approximately 800 individuals. This is approximately 6% of the population of Nelson County.
The Pantry is located at 9890 Thomas Nelson Highway next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. We are a privately funded, non-profit organization and operated entirely by volunteers and the generous contributions from many local churches, civic organizations, businesses and private individuals. The food purchases and donations average more than 16,000 pounds each month. Students from the North Branch School as well as other student and community volunteers work diligently to stock, pack and distribute the 500 grocery bags needed each month.