Food Resources

Food Resources

Learn more about many local resources that may be able to provide you with food assistance. 

Food Banks and Public Meal Programs

  • Loaves and Fishes - Free Groceries and Menu Planning


    Once a month anyone can get free groceries at the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, located in Charlottesville near Albemarle High School. Bring a couple of recyclable grocery bags, meet with a counselor to help you plan a menu, and get groceries to help you make the items on your menu.  


    Anyone can use the Loaves & Fishes pantry. 

    USDA Groceries 

    If you meet the eligibility requirements below, you can also get food from USDA's The Emergency Food Assistance Program and Commodity Supplemental Food Program for people age 60 or above. 

    You qualify for USDA groceries if any one of the following is true: 

    • Your household income is 150% or less of the USDA’s federal poverty level (for example, $31,170/year for a family of three, or $18,210/year for a single household); 

    • Your entire household receives SNAP or TANF; or 

    • You live alone and receive SSI or Medicaid.

    USDA food is given only once a month for each qualifying household. Loaves & Fishes does not share any information regarding our clients with anyone other than what we are required to report annually to the USDA.  


    2050 Lambs Road
    Charlottesville, VA

    Phone: 434.996.7868

    How To Get Free Groceries
  • Salvation Army Public Meals Program


    The Salvation Army Salvation Army Public Meals Program is open 365 days a year, serving three times a day. Monday - Saturday breakfast and supper are open to the public, as is breakfast and the mid-day meal on Sunday.

    • Breakfast begins at 6:45 am Monday through Friday and at 7:15 am on Saturday and Sunday
    • Lunch is served at 1 pm 
    • Dinner begins at 6:30 pm


    Phone: 434.295.4058

    Salvation Army Public Meals Program
  • Local Food Pantries and Free Church Lunch Programs

    The City of Charlottesville maintains a list of available food resources in the community. Click on this link to see the entire list. also maintains a list of food pantries in Charlottesville. See the website for the entire list



Delivered Food Resources

  • Community Meals on Wheels


    This program provides hot, nutritious meals to homebound Charlottesville and Albemarle residents who are unable to cook their own meals and who have no one to help them.

    Meals are delivered by volunteers every Monday-Friday, including all holidays that fall on weekdays. Serves some areas of Albemarle County. Charges vary with income, and can be reduced/waived for those eligible.  



    Meals on Wheels Website
  • JABA Home Delivered Meals


    The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) provides home delivered meals to low income, homebound older adult struggling to prepare your own well-balanced meals. JABA offers meal options through Mom's Meals and a partnership with Meals on Wheels. All meals are delivered right to your door. Volunteers provide friendly check-in calls.

    The program provides meals to adults 60 years or older who are incapacitated due to accident, illness, or frailty. Charges for this service may apply depending on recipient's income. 


    Phone: 434.817.5222

    JABA Website

Other Food Resources

  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) - State Food Assistance


    The goal of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is to improve the health of pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children (under 5 years) through better nutrition and access to health care. WIC provides:

    • Screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social service agencies
    • Nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and support


    You are eligible to apply to Virginia WIC if you:

    • Are pregnant, breastfeeding, just had a baby or are a mother, father, grandparent, foster parent, or other legal guardian of a child under the age of 5
    • Are a resident of Virginia
    • Have a nutritional need (this is determined at your local WIC clinic)
    • Your income is within guidelines on this site

    To apply, call to schedule an appointment. You will need to bring:

    • Proof of income (pay stubs, Medicaid card, Food Stamp letter)
    • Proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, Social Security card)
    • Proof that you live in Virginia (utility bill or other item with your name and street address)


    Phone: 434.972.6200

    1138 Rose Hill Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    WIC Website