Food Security Assistance


  • The Haven offers free bagged lunches from 12-1 Monday through Thursday to food-insecure members of the community during Covid-19. Learn more here.
  • The Salvation Army on Cherry Avenue offers free bagged lunch from 12-1 Friday through Sunday to food-insecure members of the community during Covid-19. Learn more here.
  • ​Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry offers grocery carts of pre-packed groceries free or charge for food-insecure members of the community on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm, Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Learn more here.
  • The Emergency Food Network, which services Charlottesville and Albemarle County, will provide a free three-day supply of food to families in need on Mondays and Fridays, if you call (434) 979-9180 between 9 am and noon on a Monday or Friday. Learn more here.
  • Meals on Wheels delivers free meals to your front door during lunchtime between Monday and Friday. You can sign up to be a client here.
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers price reductions in nutritious food for low-income members of the community, and the benefits are expanding amid Covid-19. Find out more info about how to apply here.
  • Charlottesville City Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch meal delivery to students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am to noon. Learn more here.
  • Cultivate Charlottesville has created a text service that will direct you to free, local food resources based off of your zip code. Text "FOOD" for English or "COMIDA for Spanish to (844) 947- 6518 and follow the prompts for information on available food pantries and other resources in the City of Charlottesville and surrounding counties. 


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