Our response to COVID-19
We remain committed to distributing food to our Central Virginia communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated periodically as new information is available and updates to our operations are made.
April 12, 2020
Our hearts go out to those who have already been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). In these unprecedented times, Feed More is well prepared and we will continue to be a part of the solution and distribute food to our neighbors who face hunger. We continually look forward on behalf of our clients and began preparing our mitigation strategies on March 3.
Feed More is essential!
On March 30, Governor Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order and many were left wondering, what does this means for Feed More?
Thankfully for the growing number of individuals and families in need of nutritious food, Feed More continues to be deemed an essential business! This means that our compassionate staff, dedicated Agency Network members and our wonderful volunteers can continue to collect, prepare and distribute food to our neighbors in their times of need.
As one of the backbone nonprofit organizations in Central Virginia, Feed More, our agencies and volunteers are considered to be involved in essential business and are exempt from the meeting size restrictions and closures.
How does COVID-19 impact Feed More’s mission and programs?
Now, more than ever, we remain steadfast in our commitment to distribute food to our more than 193,000 neighbors who struggle with hunger. Through our programs and network of more than 250 agenices – food pantries, churches, emergency shelters, soup kitchens and other community organizations – we distribute food across 29 counties and five cities to those in need.
Throughout this public health crisis, we will:
- Keep the safety of our clients, staff, volunteers and community partners our highest priority.
- Sustain and support our Agency Network and adjust our programs and food distribution models to ensure our neighbors have access to nutritious food.
- Continue to be here for our neighbors when they need us most.
If you, or someone you know – a family member, friend, elderly neighbor or colleague – needs emergency food assistance, we’re here to help! Simply visit our Agency Locator to find a local food source in your zip code that can help you get through this challenging time. If you don’t have internet access, please call 804-521-2500 ext. 631 and our team can help connect you with the food and local resources that you need.
- Volunteer – If you are interested in volunteering with our Community Kitchen and our Meals on Wheels or in our Packing and Sorting Center, please read our responsible volunteering guidelines and complete our volunteer application. Once you fill out your application, our team will let you know our current volunteer needs.
- Donate money – Your financial donation can help so many across Central Virginia, especially now! Through April 30, thanks to a generous donor your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, meaning your $25 donation, when doubled, will help us distribute 100 meals to those in need! As this global health crisis continues, our resources will be stretched and your unrestricted gift will provide us with the ability to respond to the growing and changing needs of the communities we serve.
- Neighbors helping neighbors – The one way we will all get through this is by working together! If you know someone who is elderly, isolated or worried about the state of things, please reach out to them to see if they need help or if you can make a grocery store run for them. Even if all they need is a friendly hello, your kindness can make all the difference in the world.
Frequently asked questions
I live in Central Virginia, where can I get food?
If you, or someone you know – a family member, friend, elderly neighbor or colleague – needs emergency food assistance, Feed More can help! Simply visit Feed More’s Agency Locator to find a local food source in your zip code that can help you get through this challenging time.
If you don’t have internet access, please call 804-521-2500 ext. 631 and Feed More can help connect you with available local resources.
Can Feed More help if I’m homebound or quarantined?
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to deliver food. We are encouraging members of our community who are in need to reach out to their support network – friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, fellow parishioners and colleagues – to see if they can help or pick up food from a local food pantry for them.
If you are over the age of 60, Senior Connections is a great resource and has options and programs available to help you navigate through this challenging time.
Does Feed More need more volunteers?
At the moment, we have a good volunteer base, but do anticipate needs in the coming weeks and welcome anyone who is healthy and well to join our volunteer ranks!
Please visit our Volunteer page to read about our responsible volunteering guidelines and complete our volunteer application. Once you fill out your application, our team will let you know what upcoming opportunities we have and when we anticipate the need for more volunteers
What about food donations?
Currently, we have an adequate food supply to help our neighbors across 29 counties and five cities in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger.
However, if you are interested in making a food donation, you can drop off nonperishable items at our main campus in Richmond. We are collecting all food donations in a POD storage unit located in the parking lot of Building II at 1601 Rhoadmiller Street. If the POD is not open, please leave your donation in one of the bright orange donation bins around campus. Please note, we are not accepting perishable donations at this time.
Will Feed More close?
Now more than ever, we are committed to carrying out our mission and distributing food to those in need, while keeping safety our top priority.
Since early March, we have been preparing and executing on our mitigation strategies to help ensure we can continue to do what we do best – collect, prepare and distribute food to our neighbors who struggle with hunger.
From adjusting our food distribution models to splitting our staff and volunteer shifts to adhering to hourly sanitation schedules and physical distancing, we remain steadfast in our dedication to being here for our community when they need us most.
- CommonHelp – apply for health care coverage and program benefits, including help with food, child care, heating and cooling bills, healthcare and cash assistance
- To apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits via phone, please call 1-855-635-4370.
- Many schools across the region are taking the lead to help ensure students have access to healthy meals!
- Ardent Ales’ pop-up food pantry for restaurant workers
- Virginia 211
- Senior Connections
- Mount Vernon Baptist Church Food Pantry