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 food agencies in Virginia. FACES now distributes food to an average of 900 households annually representing over 1,800 individuals.
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 students regularly volunteer and are 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. FeedMore 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 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%