Feed Your Neighbors as Yourself

Dominion Energy’s grant to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will enable them to continue to distribute over five tons of nutritious food eight times a month through local churches and community centers.

For many economically-disadvantaged families in rural Virginia, “bringing home the bacon” is often more of a challenge than one might think. That’s why the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank launched its mobile food pantry—which, eight years after its inception, serves an average of 2,986 individuals each month.

“We have some people who pick up for seven families,” says Eileen Pillar, Coordinator of Scottsville Distribution. “Let’s say at the end, we see ten cars—that doesn’t mean ten families. Someone could be loading for eight families, because they can’t make it in.”

Dominion Energy’s grant to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will enable them to continue to distribute over five tons of nutritious food eight times a month through local churches and community centers. For volunteers like Al Quist, taking part in such a program is just as much of a blessing to him as to those whom he serves.

“The mission is just to provide food assistance for people in need,” says Quist. “These are all my neighbors—I’ve lived here for over 30 years, I know a lot of the people. Some people are just having hard times, and some peoples’ lives are difficult. I just like to help them.”