Food pantry helps those in need during storm

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A local food pantry is bending its winter weather rule to help get emergency food supplies to people in need.

When schools are closed due to snow, the pantry is closed too. But some families were desperate to fill their kitchen cabinets after the weekend storm.

This couldn't have come at a better time with round two of winter weather headed our way. Not everyone could get to the grocery store after mother nature's latest blow. For some, even if they could, money's tight.

"It helps me out to get through," said Belinda Davis.

That's where Varina Episcopal Church Food Pantry comes in.

"We actually distribute for an amount for two weeks, and that includes breakfast lunch and dinner," said Pantry Director, Tammy Lambert.

On the first and third Monday of each month, pantry volunteers typically see about three dozen families. But on this night, the pantry wasn't supposed to be open.

"But I received about four or five phone calls this evening from people saying they needed emergency food," said Lambert.

Including one woman who asked to remain anonymous.

"My pantry it's kind of low," she said.

She's picking up fresh bread, meats and canned vegetables for her husband as well as her daughter's family.

"It's nice to have somewhere to go to get what you need to last you until you can get to a store," said the woman.

On  top of the financial hardships, the snow covered roads may have kept some of the elderly and sick recipients from getting the food they need.

"I'm a little worried about them so we might have to do a house call. That's not normally expected by us," said Lambert.

With another winter storm eyeing Central Virginia, Lambert says they'll do their best to get people what they need.

"Richmond hasn't seen this in a long time so we're kind of playing it by ear, and going with the motions like everyone else," said Lambert.

The pantry is an affiliate of the Central Virginia Food Bank and serves people within the 23231 zip code under certain guidelines. If you need similar assistance, contact the Food Bank.

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