Powhatan Food Pantry

The Powhatan Food Pantry provides food for the hungry, elderly and needy of Powhatan County. The Powhatan Food Pantry is a member of the Central Virginia Food Bank and run by the Coalition of Powhatan Churches.

The purpose of the Powhatan Food Pantry is to reduce food insecurity in Powhatan County by providing supplemental food to needy families who are residents of Powhatan County. We also provide United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food to households that meet USDA guidelines. Our goal is for all Powhatan County residents to have access to enough safe and nutritious food for an active and healthy life, to be free of worry about where their next meals will come from, and to be relieved of the burden of choosing between eating and paying important bills such as rent, health care or utilities.

St. John Neumann supports this pantry as well as two other food pantries: Feeding Powhatan Inc. and the Cumberland Community Cares.

The Powhatan Food Pantry is located at 2500 Batterson Road, accessed through the St. John Neumann Catholic Church entrance.

If you are bringing items for Feeding Powhatan:

First: Thank you!

Second: if you are bringing perishable items-please bring them BEFORE 10:00 AM on Wednesday. They only distribute on Wednesday and they do not have storage. They give out everything they have each week.

Third: Non perishable items can be dropped off whenever the building is open during the week. They will be picked up Wednesday morning as well.

Volunteering

The Food Pantry is operated by the volunteer efforts of the Coalition of Powhatan Churches. The Powhatan Food Pantry is also a Partner Agency of the Central Virginia Food Bank, which is itself a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.

As this is a self-funded ministry, donations of food or money are always appreciated. You can drop off donations at the Pantry during normal operating hours or at St. John Neumann Catholic Church between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday.

If you are in need of services use the links below or call (804) 598-2454

Food is normally distributed Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am - noon and Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. The Powhatan Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

Powhatan Food Pantry History and Mission

The Powhatan Food Pantry is operated by a coalition of approximately 55 churches of varying denominations in Powhatan County and housed on the front parcel of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Of the 55 Churches that are “members,” approximately 25 are active monthly in some manner.

Parishioners of St. John Neumann parish started the “HEN Pantry” (assisting the Hungry, Elderly and Needy of Powhatan County) which operated out of a small walk-in closet in the original section of the Church. It was expanded in 2011 with the construction of the Pantry as it stands today. The Powhatan Coalition of Churches joined their pantry with ours.

The building is approximately 2,000 square feet, replete with built-in refrigeration and freezer units, shelving for canned and dry goods, as well as produce and work space for packaging grocery items for delivery.

The number served has grown from 205 to 365 in the year that we have been open and working together.

The Powhatan Food Pantry is a vital ministry in our County and serves our neighbors in need. It is operated strictly on a volunteer basis that includes collection of food, storage, rotation, bagging and delivery. The time and effort by those committed to feeding the hungry of Powhatan County is admirable and considered a blessing to all those involved.