Food warehouse opening in Amherst County Saturday

Helps to feed thousands in the community

By Irisha Jones - Reporter

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. - A new food warehouse in Amherst County will give a local nonprofit an opportunity to make sure no one goes without a meal.

Volunteers worked most of Friday unloading pallets of food boxes, filled with vegetables, canned goods, meats and others items.

"It's part of our mission in order to feed the hungry was to do things like help those with who insecurity," said Garry Friend, president of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Friend says the organization started 14 months ago with two food kitchens serving free meals in Amherst County.

Now they're opening a food warehouse Saturday allowing people in the community to shop on their own once a month.

When coming into the food warehouse, there's a choice to shop for items from the USDA or the Community aisle. The good thing is everything you put in your shopping cart is free.

The food is supplied from Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Friend says there's only one other food pantry, about 15 minutes away from Amherst County, in Lynchburg.

"Say that we have 14 percent poverty in the county. Other that 20 percent of them are children under the age of 18," said Friend.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors received more than $75,000 in donations from the community to help open and set up the food warehouse.

The food warehouse will open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then every first and third Saturday of the month.

It's located on 151 Mitchell Bell Road in Madison Heights.

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