Emergency program provides free boxes of food

Emergency program provides free boxes of food program.

Residents of Martinsville-Henry County can receive a box of food every Monday through the Martinsville-Henry County Emergency Feeding Program.

The program is funded through a $146,000 grant from the Harvest Foundation.

“While the foundation typically does not fund basic human services, we now find ourselves in an atypical situation dealing with the fallout from coronavirus,” DeWitt House, senior program officer at the foundation said in a press release. “We’ve rallied with our partners to deliver emergency services that will navigate us through this challenging environment. Supporting Martinsville-Henry County remains our primary mission at Harvest, and we will continue to work with our community partners in order to achieve that mission.”

Each family can only receive one box of food per month. The boxes can be picked up at the following locations: Henry County Food Pantry, located at 3321 Fairystone Park Hwy, Bassett;

Grace Network of Martinsville-Henry County, located at 16 Liberty St. Ext., Martinsville; Salvation Army, located at 603 Memorial Blvd. South, Martinsville; Rich Acres Christian Church, 422 Mountain View Road, Martinsville; The Community Fellowship, located at 2674 Virginia Ave., Collinsville.

Partners in this effort include Henry County Food Pantry, Grace Network of Martinsville-Henry County, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, Salvation Army Martinsville VA Corps, The Community Fellowship, the Community Foundation of Western Virginia Serving Western Virginia, Rich Acres Christian Church, and The Harvest Foundation.

Those in need of assistance, can contact Grace Network at (276) 638-8500 for more information. Those interested in volunteering for the program, can call (276) 403-4226. Phone lines will be open and staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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