Loving Food Resources (LFR) has a mission to provide food, health, and personal care items to those living with HIV/AIDS or anyone in Home Hospice Care regardless of diagnosis. We strive to do this while showing love, compassion, and respect to everyone.
Like most non-profit organizations, LFR had a challenging 2020. As food became more difficult to acquire, the needs of our clients remained the same. We also offered one-time-only food boxes (which contain approximately 50 lbs of staple food items, eggs, meat, bread, fresh produce, and personal care items) to those who, for whatever reason, could not feed themselves or their families as a result of the pandemic. They also received a comprehensive list of resources to help them moving forward.
LFR is a volunteer driven, nonprofit organization. Every week, dedicated volunteers spend hours stacking nutritious food and personal care items on pantry shelves. They then prepare boxes to be delivered to local clients as well as clients in the 18 counties of Western North Carolina. Because of the pandemic, our client base increased considerably in 2020, making deliveries larger.
Well, 2020 hit LFR hard. First, we lost volunteers who were understandably concerned about COVID-19. Then we went from a pantry where clients could come in and choose food best for them to a system of offering prepackaged boxes with contact-free distribution. Clients could no longer come into the pantry but had to rely on volunteers to deliver their food boxes. Home delivery of food boxes will continue until the fear of COVID-19 is gone.
Volunteers also rely on the box truck to drive to suppliers/donors. When you consider that we distributed over 110 tons of food and personal care items and over 17 tons of fresh produce in 2020 to over 4,368 clients, you can understand the need for a large transport vehicle. In December of 2020, the box truck, our most valuable vehicle, became unusable. A new transmission and brakes will cost considerably more than the vehicle is worth. We are currently renting a box truck until ours can be replaced. It is a costly, temporary solution.
What We're Asking For:
LFR is in dire need of a “new to us” box truck so our volunteers can pick up food from suppliers and ultimately deliver food to our increasing number of clients in local and outlying areas of North Carolina. Our clients depend on us to deliver nutritious food and health care items, which are essential when fighting an immunodeficiency disease. For many, there would be no food without LFR. Please help us purchase a box truck so that we can continue to provide food, health, and personal care items to those living with HIV/AIDS or anyone in Home Hospice Care regardless of diagnosis.