The Culpeper Food Closet has been an outreach mission of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church since 1984. It actually began in a closet, where a few items were stored and were to be given out to folks in need. It grew to fill a Sunday school room, then a meeting room, and finally, in 2005, the church built a new building directly behind the original church and the entire first floor is now the Food Closet.
While St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church provides the housing for the Food Closet, Along with the equipment, management and many of the volunteers, food and other items provided come directly from community-wide donations. Our own parishioners and those of many other churches in Culpeper and nearby areas bring food collected at weekly services. We see daily donations of food and other products donated by local businesses or brought in by individuals. Schools, churches, clubs, and service organizations often run their own food drives or sponsor fund-raisers. We use monetary donations to purchase items not donated in sufficient amounts to meet the growing need for help. Because of this strong community support, we have been able to meet the need for help without any government funding.
If you are interested in becoming a food-giver volunteer, they are scheduled in 2-hour shifts, with 3 daily shifts Mon. - Fri. (shifts are 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) . We also use volunteers to substitute for people scheduled but temporarily unable to work, stocking shelves and picking up donations. Some training is required. Please contact us by phone and leave a message or email and we will return your call in a timely manner.
The Food Closet was formed in 1984. We offer food and some personal care items to residents of Culpeper who are in need assistance. We work closely with Culpeper Department Social Services, which supplies clients with vouchers to be used at the Food Closet..
We are currently having to purchase a lot of what we give out daily since donations are down. Please continue to donate food items.
Need of the Week:
- any canned soup
- any canned vegetable
- boxed meals which include meat
- Plastic Bags
- Please, NO egg cartons at this time
To send a monetary donation, please make check payable to: "Culpeper Food Closet"
Address: The Culpeper Food Closet
P.O. Box 343
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-825-1177 (please leave a message)
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We accept donations during these times. If you have large donations or need to schedule a pick up, please call in advance to make arrangements.
The Culpeper Food Closet follows the same schedule as Culpeper Human Services. We are closed on federal holidays
CULPEPER FOOD CLOSET
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
If you are coming in to receive food or donate food, please try to come before 12:30 p.m. so our volunteers have time to help you before the 1:00 p.m. closing. We may close earlier than 1:00 p.m., without notice, if there are no clients.
Culpeper Human Services
1835 Industry Drive
Culpeper, VA 22701
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
"Sharing What God Has Given, With Glad and Generous Hearts."