Thank you for your article about the Rappahannock Food Pantry in the Nov. 25 edition of the Rappahannock News. Plant A Row and the Pantry were established to provide food for those who are struggling. The food comes from many sources and we are grateful for all we get. We also appreciate the volunteers — the gardeners, Waterpenny and Sunnyside farm, and the folks who volunteer at the Pantry, pick up donated food, and deliver food to shut-ins. However, it takes more than food and volunteers to run the Pantry.
Total expenses for the first year were about $44,000 — for purchased food, salaries, rent, transportation, and the like. Last year, federal stimulus funds paid most of those costs, but stimulus funds have expired. Now we have to raise private funds and we are in the process of a fundraising campaign. We need $50,000 and are asking for help from the community to reach that goal. Checks sent to the Rappahannock Food Pantry at 603 Mt. Salem Ave., Washington, VA 22747 will be used to help our neighbors.
Gifts to the Pantry are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law and we will send a receipt. The Pantry is a program of Piedmont Community Action Partnership, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.
Piedmont Community Action Partnership