By Carrie Hicks - January 2023
For over 30 years, Louisa County Resource Council (LCRC) has been serving the community, providing food and essential services to families in need in Louisa. While the primary focus of LCRC’s mission has been—and always will be—fighting food insecurity, the local nonprofit has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, developing programs to meet many of the most critical needs of Louisa County’s most vulnerable citizens.
LCRC’s five food programs serve approximately 2,700 people monthly. From the Community Cupboard that operates as the primary food program to specialized programs like the Children’s Feeding Program, 60-Plus Feeding Program, Emergency Food Pantry, and the Grocery Assistance Program (GAP) that assists clients who have incomes above federal poverty levels, but who still struggle to put food on the table—LCRC aims to ensure that no one who comes in for assistance leaves hungry.
In addition to the various food programs, LCRC offers a Dental Assistance Program, a Community Closet that provides clothing, medical equipment, and household necessities at little or no cost to those in need, and the most recent addition to the program catalog: Wheels for Work. Wheels for Work assists clients with emergency automobile repairs.
LCRC is fortunate to operate our food programs Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Community Closet is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month. Several remote distribution sites are also set up throughout the county on various days throughout the month to bring food allotments closer to clients who have difficulty getting transportation to our main facility.
LCRC does all this—moving approximately 3 million pounds of food through the facility each year and—with only a handful of part-time staff. This is due to the incredible volunteers that put in over 1,300 hours of community service each month. “Our volunteers are truly what keeps LCRC running. We could not do what we do without them. We are so grateful for the many like-minded individuals who donate their time and share in our mission. We are always looking to bring new faces into our fold and welcome new volunteers,” said LCRC Executive Director, Lloyd Runnett.
With the increased need our community is facing and the exponential growth of the programs and operations over the past few years, LCRC is currently in search of an additional staff member. “Since the addition of our fourth warehouse across the street from our main facility, we are now operating over 15,000 square feet of space, prompting the need for a Warehouse and Facilities Manager to join our staff,” Runnett said.
If you are interested in joining the LCRC team, becoming a volunteer, or donating to LCRC’s programs, contact (540) 967-1510 or email email@example.com. You can also visit louisaresource.org for more information.