News briefs for Sept. 27 

Pantry increases family shopping days

The Rappahannock Food Pantry, amid concern that there are still children in the county that are hungry, has raised the number of times families with children can shop at the pantry.

“School children need to think about their school work and not about their next meal,” said Pantry board chair Bette Mahoney in a prepared statement this week. “Starting Oct. 1, families with children who are registered at the Food Pantry will be able shop three times a month instead of the current twice a month.”

Anyone from Rappahannock County can use the Pantry, where shoppers can receive produce, bread, bakery, deli items and pet food any day the facility is open. The Pantry asks for information about members in the household, income, assistance received and housing expenses. Income limits  apply to food provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but not to donated food or foods purchased with local contributions. Shoppers can only get USDA food once a month.

Under the new rules, families will not be able to shop twice in the same week. The Pantry is open noon to 4 Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 to 2 Saturdays at 603 Mt. Salem Ave. in Washington (next to the old Washington School). Manager Mimi Forbes can be reached at 540-675-1177.

“If you know of families with hungry children, please recommend that they come to the Pantry,” Mahoney said.

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