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If you are in urgent need of food and unable to access a pantry during operating hours, you can visit the Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) for a one-time, emergency food allotment. RARA is located at 350 Spotswood Drive in Lexington and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (540) 463-6943 for more information.

Find Food Near You

Get Groceries

  • Bridge to Hope Food Pantry: 906 Magnolia Ave, Buena Vista, VA (New Location)
    • Located in downtown Buena Vista, currently open once a week as a drive-thru pantry. No one will be turned away, but must meet USDA income guidelines to access all food.
  • Kingsway Help Center Food Pantry: 797 Spottswood Rd, Steeles Tavern, VA 
    • Located in Steeles Tavern, currently open on the third Wednesday of the month. No one will be turned away, but must meet USDA income guidelines to access all food.
  • Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry: 734 McCulloch St, Glasgow, VA
    • Located in Glasgow, open for USDA distributions on the third Thursday of every month. Open for non-USDA distributions every Saturday except the Saturday after the monthly USDA distribution.
  • Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) Neighborhood Grocery: 350 Spotswood Drive, Lexington VA
    • Formally known as the Food Pantry, RARA’s Neighborhood Grocery offers a client-choice model where you can shop for yourself based on family size, dietary needs, and food preferences. The grocery is open to anyone who needs food on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:304:30pm and Saturday from 10am12pm. Curbside pickup and limited home deliveries available by appointment.
  • Rockbridge Mobile Food Pantry, RARA and Campus Kitchen W&L collaboration
    • A monthly USDA food pantry currently operating as a drive-thru. Each month this program makes stops in Natural Bridge Station, Fairfield, and Goshen. Limited home deliveries.

Get Hot Meals

  • The Community Table for the Rockbridge Area
    • A restaurant without a cash-register, everyone in the community is invited to come and enjoy a home-cooked meal regardless of the ability to pay. Meals are served every Monday night and Wednesdays for lunch in Lexington (350 Spotswood Drive, RARA Building) and Friday mornings in Fairfield (5508 N Lee Highway, Fairfield Presbyterian Church). Take-out options are available.
  • Community Café on Magnolia: 906 Magnolia Ave, Buena Vista, VA (New Location)
    • Bridge to Hope Food Pantry holds a free meal called Community Café on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6pm. Bring a dish to share or just bring yourself. All are welcome. Call (540) 460-9131 for more information)
  • United Rockbridge – Pay it Forward Meals
    • Fully cooked meals for two delivered with napkins and utensils, typically within 24 hours. Contact Jenny at elmesj@rockbridge.net or (540) 463-1634 to donate or request a meal.
  • VPAS Café with Valley Program for the Aging Services
    • Serving seniors (60 and up) at three locations, join VPAS for weekly meals and programming.
      • Buena Vista Cafe on Fridays at the Maury River Senior Center, 10:30am-12:30pm.
      • Lexington Cafe on Tuesdays at RARA, 10:30am-12:30pm.
      • Goshen Cafe coming in Fall of 2022!

Enroll in Additional Food Programs

  • Campus Kitchen’s (CKWL) Backpack Program for School Kids
    • Weekly delivery of non-perishable breakfast and snack items for elementary, middle, and preschoolers. Contact school guidance counselors for more information or to sign up.
  • CKWL’s Meal Delivery
    • Weekly delivery of refrigerated boxed meals to Buena Vista, Lexington, and Glasgow. Contact Campus Kitchen at campuskitchen@wlu.edu or (540) 458-8784 with your name, phone number, address, and number in your household to sign up.
  • Meals on Wheels
    • Nutritious, healthy meals delivered to the homes of older adults who are homebound and cannot prepare such a meal for themselves. Currently serving the Cities of Buena Vista and Lexington and throughout Rockbridge County.
  • Senior Food Box Program at RARA
    • Monthly distribution of additional food boxes for people 60 and older. Boxes include canned vegetables/fruit, protein, pasta or cereal, juice, and cheese. Contact RARA at (540) 463-6943 or volunteer@raralex.org to sign up.

Other Sources of Food & Help

If you are in urgent need of food and unable to access a pantry during operating hours, you can visit the Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) for a one-time, emergency food allotment. RARA is located at 350 Spotswood Drive in Lexington and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (540) 463-6943 for more information.

To find help outside of Rockbridge County, click here.

Questions? Call Lindsey Pérez at (540) 463-6943 or Robin Swecker at (540) 213-8413.