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Nov 15, 2023

Our conversation today began with Andrea Cosans, Director of Winchester CCAP to talk about her organization, specifically the three "freedges" that she has located in Winchester & Frederick County. She explained what they are, how they work, and the value & convenience they bring to those wishing to donate food as well as receive food in our area. She also talked of the great need for volunteers in a wide range of capacities.

Learn more about Winchester CCAP on their website: https://www.ccapwinchester.org/ and by following them on Facebook.

In the second segment, I ran through a list of food pantries across the Shenandoah Valley. This was, by no means a complete list. You can access more resources on the United Way NSV website by clicking here. You can download their Community Resource Directory by clicking here. Please check their websites or social media to confirm their hours and any restrictions they may have as things may have changed since this show aired.

We're going to start off with the Winchester Rescue Mission. They are located at 435 North Cameron Street, and they serve meals every day of the week, every week of the year at their Cafe on Cameron. Lunch is served every day from 11:30am until 12:30pm. Dinner is served from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. You're also welcome to take a to-go meal. Those are available at noon and at 6pm each day. Their food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10am until 11am. Their food distribution is open to anyone in the community needing food for themselves and their families. The community meals are open to the Winchester community.

If you want more information about Winchester Rescue Mission, head over to their website at winrescue. org. There they have a wish list, of items that they always need for donations. I'm sure they're always looking for volunteers as well. And you can follow them on Facebook.

Braddock Street United Methodist Church offers a hot meal every Monday night at 6pm. They are located at 115 Wolfe Street in downtown Winchester.

Highland Food Pantry is located at 446 Highland Avenue, Winchester. They are in the lower level of the Highland Memorial Presbyterian Church. They are open on Tuesdays from 9am until 11am and from 6pm until 7:30pm. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

Stephens City United Methodist Church, located at 5291 Main Street, Stephens City has a drive-thru pantry on Tuesdays from 11am until 2pm in their parking lot. It is open to residents of Frederick County, Winchester, and Front Royal. You can receive food every other week, and some of that food includes frozen meats, chilled dairy products, fresh produce, pet food, and cleaning and hygiene items, in addition to canned and boxed goods.

Victory Church Food Bank and the Olive Branch Food Pantry at 2870 Middle Road also provides a drive-thru service. They are open on Wednesdays from 9:30am until noon.

Hayfield Assembly of God on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month offers a food pantry from 9am until 11am. They are located at 5118 Northwestern Turnpike in Gore.

Welltown United Methodist Church at 1444 Welltown Road in Clearbrook offers a food pantry on Thursdays from 5:30pm until 7pm.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church at 2732 Martinsburg Pike in Stephenson every Monday from 4:30pm until 5:30pm. They offer hot meals and a food pantry. 

Laurel Ridge Community College operates a food pantry for its students. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am until 7pm. You can head to the TRIO office which is in room 606 of Cornerstone Hall. Do a little self-service shopping or you can fill out an online order form, and select your pickup date and time. You can also find a list of other food pantries on their website: https://laurelridge.edu/foodpantry/ 

FISH of Clarke County is located at 36 East Main Street in Berryville. They are open on Tuesdays from 8am until 10am and on Wednesdays from 8am until 11am. Follow them on Facebook for updates. Go to the back door of the building to access their food pantry.

The Christ Episcopal Church in Millwood, located at 843 Bishop Meade Road operates its food pantry on the first Friday of the month from 1pm until 3pm. They also have a special first Saturday of the month from 9am until 11am for seniors and clients with special needs.

Bread of Life at Woodstock Presbyterian Church is located at 156 South Muhlenberg Street in Woodstock. They are open on the third Tuesday and the third Thursday from 1pm to 4pm for their food pantry.

The Compassion Cupboard at 533 Burgess Street in Strasburg is open on the third Tuesday of the month from 9am until Noon, and from 1pm until 3pm.

Loaves and Fishes Pantry at Manor Memorial UMC is open on the third Thursday of the month from 1pm until 5pm. They are located at 9320 North Congress Street in New Market.

Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal is located at 613 North Royal Avenue. They're open on Tuesdays from 1pm until 3pm, and on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am until 1pm.

Front Royal Salvation Army has a food pantry that operates Monday through Friday from 9am until Noon and from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. They are closed on Wednesdays. They're located at 357 Cloud Street. As a side note, their kettle kickoff is on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 12:30 at WalMart in Riverton Commons. You can register to ring and give them a little bit of volunteer support during the holidays. 

In Page County, Page One has two locations. We just talked to Page One last month on the show. Page One - Luray is located at 35 North Bank Street. They are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30am until 11am. They also offer delivery for homebound residents. Their second location, Page One - Shenandoah is Located at 600 Comer Lane. They are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30am until 2:30pm. They do not offer delivery but can bring your food to the curb if needed.