Bread Fund

An Outreach Feeding Ministry

 The Emmanuel-Holy Cross Bread Fund is a food distribution service for needy individuals and families living in the Albemarle County/Nelson County region. Started in 1984, the Bread Fund now serves approximately 130 families each month.


Emmanuel volunteers gather at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Batesville on the first Saturday of every month to distribute boxes of food supplied by the Blue Ridge Food Bank of Verona, VA.

On the second Wednesday of the month, the “Bread Fund Packing” begins at 10am and continues until the work is done.  Join us at Holy Cross in Batesville on either the first Saturday of the month from 8:00-9:30 a.m., or the second Wednesday at 10 a.m. following for some good, honest, outreach work that benefits our greater community.

breadfundIMG_4475A large truck hauls 9,000 – 10,000 pounds of food to the church for boxing each month. The Food Bank receives some food from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The remaining food comes from food processors in the area, such as Perdue, Little Debbie, area grocery stores and food drives conducted by civic organizations, such as the Boy Scouts as well as donations from Emmanuel and Holy Cross parishioners. The food is distributed to qualified families on the first Saturday, and boxing for the next month is performed on the following Wednesday.


If you would like to volunteer or would like to obtain more information about the Bread Fund, please contact Nancy  Avery or Cindy Kirchner through the church office, 540-456-6334.

Click here to view more pictures from Bread Fund work days.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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