The Emergency Food Network is unique in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County area in that we serve our local population immediately, when they are in need, no questions asked. We receive no government funding; our operation depends exclusively on the generous support of individuals, schools, businesses, area churches, and civic groups. Our operating expenses are minimal, so approximately 91 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to purchase food.

The Emergency Food Network is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donation is fully tax deductible.

We appreciate your gifts of MONEY and/or FOOD.


Check: You may send a check to:

Emergency Food Network
P.O. Box 4373
Charlottesville, VA 22905-4373

Stock: We also accept stock donations; call us at 434-979-9180 or email

Online: You may make a secure online donation using a credit card by clicking on “Donate” below. We use PayPal, and when you click on “Donate,” a new page will open and you will have options as to the amount and which credit card you’d like to use.

You may also choose to make a monthly pledge.

Bequest: If you would like to leave a bequest to the Emergency Food Network, we participate in the Thomas Jefferson Area Leave a Legacy program of planned giving. For more information, go to

CVC: Are you a Virginia state employee? You may give to the Emergency Food Network through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). The EFN CVC code number is 08117.


Food donations help tremendously by reducing our costs. The staples, given to our clients in iconic brown grocery bags, have been selected by a nutritionist and are rigorously standardized so that every client receives the same food (varied only in quantity, depending on the size of the family). However, we are given food donations of all types, including all sorts of food that don’t fit into our standard categories. These items are displayed on shelves in our distribution center, and clients may select two or three of these “extras” to supplement the staples in their bags.

If you would like to give food, below are two lists, one for our staples and one for extras. Please, no jumbo sizes, and nothing homemade or home canned. 


Canned vegetables and fruit
Canned soup or stew
Canned tuna, chicken, or sardines
Dried lentils and beans


Pancake mix and syrup
Jam/salad dressing
Peanut Butter
Kid-friendly snack foods

Call us at 434-979-9180 and we’ll let you know how and where to drop off your food.


If you are part of a group—a business, school, church, Scouts, a sorority or fraternity, or any other type of organization—and are looking for a project, there are several ways you can help:

Collect Food from Grocery Store Shoppers
This is a fun way to help the Emergency Food Network and works especially well with older children on through young adulthood. We’ll supply a couple of large bins for the groceries as well as lists that can be handed out as shoppers enter the store; you’ll supply the enthusiasm. Four to six people can generally handle a two-hour shift at one store. If you have more volunteers than that, you can either take more hours or cover multiple grocery stores. We’ll provide flyers, pick up the food you collect, and make any necessary arrangements with store managers. Great for evenings, weekends, and weekdays—whatever your group prefers.

Collect Food in a Bin at Your Office, at Your Apartment Complex, or at an Event
If a more passive collection works better for your group, you might want to get a bin, put it in a central location, and ask your employees, students, residents, members, etc. to bring in food. You could do this for a particular, finite timeframe (say, one week per quarter) or have it be ongoing. You could have contests among departments or keep it simple.

If this interests you, please contact Jacqueline Roper, our food drives chair, at