FACES is an expression of the greater Farmville community that created it and sustains it.
FACES was founded in 1981 by a group including ministers, farmers, teachers and others with the mission of distributing donated food to local families in need. Distributions were made to a small number of families from a cramped second floor storage room above a shoe repair shop on West Third Street. Since then it has evolved into one of the largest and most efficient food agencies in Virginia. FACES now distributes food to an average of 900 households annually representing over 1,800 individuals carefully screened to document need.
FACES activities are supported through voluntary labor and monetary contributions from the Farmville area community. Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Lutheran churches rotate and share weekly bagging and distributions as well as contributing generously for the purchase of food. Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College supply regular volunteer labor essential to the operation. Instead of hiring paid staff, FACES assigns each of its local board members a specific weekly job.
The Farmville Herald has been generous in helping us get the word out to potential volunteers and donors. Prince Edward County provides a generous contribution. Feed More enables us to buy food for about 19 cents a pound. Food Lion and Walmart donate produce, baked goods, and meat in substantial amounts several times per week, and Little Caesars donates pizza!
FACES Facts 2021
FACES is designated a “Tier 1” Food Agency (the highest on a scale of 1-5) by Feed More for size and effectiveness.
Households Registered: 1,038
Average number of individuals receiving food weekly: 833
Average number of food bags (30 pounds) distributed weekly: 650
Food distributed annually: Feed More estimate: over 1,300,000 pounds or 512 tons
Total annual budget 2021: $121,450
Persons living below the poverty level, Prince Edward County: 20.6%
The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Prince Edward and Fuqua schools, Triad, Centra Healthcare, Longwood athletics, and the Post Office do major food drives. Local civic groups such as the Rotary Club, Lions Club, MOAA, and the Women of the Moose, as well as businesses including Wells Fargo, BB&T, and the Virginia Credit Union, give important financial support. Our largest source of financing is generous contributions from hundreds of local citizens.
Thanks to all of these sources, and many others not mentioned by name, we are able to buy, store, and deliver approximately 1,300,000 pounds of food annually to families, the elderly, and the disabled in our area with documented need.
FACES is a mirror reflection of the people of the greater Farmville area: neighbors helping neighbors.
Centra Foundation Grant
FACES Food pantry has received a very generous $20,000 grant from the Centra Foundation for the purpose of improving the diet and health of low-income residents of our region. The grant will allow FACES to increase the volume of healthy food it is able to purchase from Feed More and to buy from local producers capable of supplying sufficient quantities at a reasonable price. The Centra Foundation grant will enable us to serve our clients better.
Contact us if you are interested in helping with this new initiative!