The Colonial Heights Food Pantry is committed to alleviating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance and preserve human dignity.
During FY 2020:
we provided 18,852 food services to individuals in need, compared to 17,752 last year;
fed an average of 254 households every month; and distributed enough food to serve 430,000 meals!
CORONAVIRUS IMPACTS . . . SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFO &
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Thanks to the following Community Partners for recent initiatives . . .
HAS CALLED FOR
The CHFP is attempting to balance the safety of ALL persons (volunteers included) while still providing food to those in need.
Until further notice, we will be distributing food in a park-and-wait/pick-up method ONLY. Clients will be served in our rear parking lot at our regular distribution times of:
THURSDAYS, 5:30 - 7:30pm and
FRIDAYS, Noon - 1:30pm
Food will be pre-bagged according to household size and available for pick-up to registered clients ONLY at the times listed above and from our rear parking area.
Thanks for your community spirit and
for helping others!
Jane Chambers of Chambers Home Team (realty) recently held a food drive to support our work. As part of her Client Appreciation event, she bought all attendees soft serve custard IF they brought in any donation of food. The event brought in 284 pounds of food - that's the equivalent of 237 meals!
El Caporal Mexican Restaurant, on Dimmock Pkwy in Colonial Heights, recently donated a percentage of proceeds from its sales on Thursday, August 20. Its efforts resulted in a donation of $320 dollars and 42 pounds of food. The amount of that financial donation will provide
736 meals to those in need!
The Southpark location of Chick-fil-A recently sponsored the Food Pantry for all Curbside Orders on Wed., August 19, donating a percentage of its sales - which generated $94 - and that can purchase
2,350 pounds of fresh produce from our
food bank partner, Feed More.
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN MEET THESE CHALLENGING AND DEMANDING TIMES!
Help us take care of more children who need meals and more households coming to us in this uncertain time.
WHAT YOUR GIFTS CAN DO FOR US:
12 lbs. of food donated is the equivalent to 10 meals.
$10 will purchase 250 lbs. of fresh produce and $1 will purchase about 5 lbs. of canned or shelf-stable food items.
We can turn your $25 donation into 15 meals!
$50 supports ONE individual for FIVE weeks!
We need food and funds!
Our Guiding Principles
Everyone should have access to good and healthy food;
Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect;
When basic needs are met, people are able to improve their circumstances; and
We are all here to help others.
DID YOU KNOW? . . .
$1 will purchase 25 pounds of fresh produce!
A $10 contribution will purchase 250 pounds!
Food Pantry Information
Colonial Heights Food Pantry is committed to alleviating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance and preserve human dignity.
In FY 2020 . . .
Colonial Heights Food Pantry provided 18,852 food services to individuals in need (1,100 MORE than 2019!):
- 4,188 Services to Seniors
- 5,774 Services to Children
- 8,890 Services to Adults
Served an average of 259 families each month and 641 individuals per month
The CHFP distributed an average of 10,250 pounds of food every week - the equivalent of about 8,541 MEALS per week
BUT BEST OF ALL . . . The CHFP stayed opened every week during COVID-19, and
Volunteers from the community served almost 10,000 hours to get it all done!
~Services & Hours~
The Colonial Heights Food Pantry serves both perishable and non-perishable grocery-type items, including lots of fresh produce. The pantry recognizes a service area which includes only Colonial Heights and specific areas of 23834 and 23803 identified specifically as South Chesterfield. We are not assigned to serve residents of Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Hopewell or Chesterfield County.
Households in need outside of our service area should contact Feed More at 804/521-2500 for a referral
in your service area.
Monday-Wednesday: 9am - 4pm
Thursday & Friday: 9am - 2pm
~Food Distribution Hours~
Thursday: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm
More than the Stats . . .
The Colonial Heights Food Pantry is actively - and aggressively - serving this community each and every week; and we are proud of the amount of food we distribute and the number of lives we impact. Here are a few of our more-important statistics to report:
520,000 pounds of food distributed during FY 2019-20 - that's over 433,000 MEAL;
18,852 individuals served;
The pounds of food we distribute EACH week (over 10,000 pounds) is the equivalent of serving 8,500 MEALS every week!;
247,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious PRODUCE distributed during the year was 47% of all foods distributed . . . we are about serving GOOD food, not ANY food;
But it is often better to look at the impact on lives we make than by counting pounds we give out or number of people we feed in a given week. We've recently been asking our recipients what difference the CHFP has made during this pandemic, or what difference it would have been if we had not remained opened - and here's how some responded:
I lost my job right when COVID-19 struck and the pantry has fed us every week. We would have been lost without their assistance. I am forever grateful. Susan
The pantry makes life so much easier during hard times - it is life-saving. Without the CHFP remaining open, we will lose friendship, help and hope. Edwin
Without the food pantry, my sister and I would always let the kids eat first, then she and I ate whatever they left. But now we don’t worry about having to do that – we are very happy with what we get. Bless you all. Linda
The pantry has been so important to me and my 4 children especially during these bad days. It gives us the foods we need keep us healthy and living good every week. If it had closed, we would suffer. M.S.
So, when we realize the significant part the pantry plays in people's very existence - their livelihoods, their health and happiness, their feelings of security and comfort - we are convinced that our work is more than the stats. YOUR help with donations of food and financial giving keeps the pantry active and vital for so many in need. Thanks for partnering with us in whatever way you can!.
We are making a difference in the lives of many people.
Help us care for your community . . . join our efforts!