The Nelson County Pantry is located at 9890 Thomas Nelson Highway next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Pantry, a member of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, is a privately funded, non-profit organization and is operated entirely by volunteers and the generous contributions from many local churches, civic organizations, businesses and private individuals. Grants from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Presbytery of the James also provide a portion of the needed funds. On a monthly basis the Pantry provides supplemental food to more than 275 households, representing approximately 800 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. The Pantry operates with an average of 100 volunteers contributing approximately 250 hours each month.