The Culpeper Food Closet began in 1984. While it is an outreach ministry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, it operates as a full community effort, solely through the dedicated work of over 90 volunteers from our area. Food and monetary donations are received from local business, organizations, churches, and generous individuals like yourself, with no state or federal funding. These donations provide over 3,500 meals weekly for families and individuals in need, in the town and county of Culpeper. Applicants/clients first contact Sam’s Place, where individuals and families can access information and referrals to other community partners.
Many of these people do not need help on a regular basis; they may have an unforeseen hardship such as illness, job loss, even a car breakdown, and especially now, during the COVID pandemic. Families are offered hope and encouragement, with three meals a day, and other necessary items, for all family members.
We want you to know that the Food Closet shelves are full and volunteers are ready to help, but we cannot do it alone. You can make a difference. TODO: add to you can make a diff page. Donate to the Food Closet Now or Become a Volunteer.
We will continue to care for and serve our community members in need, as long as possible, during this time of social distancing. In an effort to keep both our clients and volunteers safe, our waiting room is closed. Clients will drop off their voucher and wait in a designated area in the parking lot. Volunteers will bring food to the client in a shopping cart.
Please be assured that all staff and volunteers practice strict safety guidelines, wearing masks, gloves, washing hands often, and wiping surfaces with disinfectants. We encourage everyone who comes to the Food Closet, whether you are a client receiving food, or making a donation, wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet from one another.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of food or personal items, please apply for assistance at Sam’s Place.
Contact the Food Closet
Mail: The Culpeper Food Closet
P.O. Box 343
Culpeper, VA 22701
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