Colonial Heights Food Pantry
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that over the past 20 years across the country, average food prices have increased by 2.5% annually. The rise contributes significantly to higher food insecurity rates. In the Foundation’s service area, over 24,600 individuals are unsure where their food will come from. The Colonial Heights Food Pantry (CHFP) began 12 years ago as a church program serving four families. Now housed in a 5,400 square foot building, it has become a vital community resource. It is the Tri-Cities satellite site for Meals on Wheels, a Feedmore program serving Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George. A walk-in cooler that was installed for that purpose also allows CHFP to distribute more fresh produce to its clients, adding to the pantry’s importance as a partner. In fiscal year 2015, CHFP enlisted 2,000 volunteers to serve nearly 9,500 individuals over multiple visits. Cameron’s overall funding to the agency totals $524,000 since the first award in 2008. In 2015, the pantry joined the inaugural cohort of four organizations designing capacity building plans through the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence’s Organizational Improvement Process, also funded by the Foundation. These investments position CHFP to better answer some of the most basic needs of its clients.