As 2010 came to a close, it was time to reflect on how the Lord has blessed the ministry of the Nelson County Pantry in each and every year of our existence. Beginning in 1997 with just a few volunteers and a budget of just a couple of hundred dollars, the Pantry has grown to an organization with an annual budget of over $30,000 and a cast of several hundred volunteers.
From our humble beginnings in the lunchroom of Massies Mill Presbyterian Church to the cramped and drafty storefront in Lovingston and finally to our present location on Route 29 next to St. Mary Catholic Church, we now provide emergency and supplemental food to close to 300 households each month.
Our financial benefactors range from community grants, churches, occasional fundraisers such as the recent trampoline jumping marathon at the Devil’s Backbone Restaurant in Nellysford and most of all to innumerable individual benefactors both large and small. Thanks to one donor and the aforementioned fundraiser, we were able to provide a traditional holiday feast to each household at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We at the Pantry are truly blessed to live and serve in such a giving and caring community. Thanks be to God.