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The Wingnut Anarchist Collective has been organizing a monthly Mobile Food Pantry with the Central Virginia Food Bank for almost 3 years now, where we get food to around 200 households in Southern Barton Heights. It is an act of solidarity that we can do, which only takes 3-5 hours a month to do and organize, which has a tangible benefit to members of this community.

For April we served 167 households, (14 of which were deliveries we did to folks who are elderly/disabled/or stuck at work).

out of those households we had 197 Adults, 78 Seniors, and 174 Children. So over 400 people in our community got a little extra food in April.

We do the Mobile Food Pantry on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1pm in the parking lot at the corner of North Ave. and West Graham. Volunteers help us set it up at 12 noon.

Folks who are on our distribution list are guaranteed food, we also serve food to walkups who aren’t on our voucher list as long as there is food to go round.

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Today was the June Mobile Food Pantry- a co-operative venture between the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Next month will be our 2 year anniversary of holding these monthly events.

For June we provided food to 133 households representing:
42 seniors
 142 children
182 adults
We also delivered food to 12 households of elderly, differently abled, or busy at work folks in our area.
It was pretty hot out today, which led to a smaller than usual turnout. We will try to provide ice water next month.
The Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry is on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1pm at the parking lot next to the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue (at the corner of North and W. Graham). We no longer deliver vouchers, and we only guarantee food to people who live in Southern Barton Heights. If you would like to sign up just come out to next month’s event! which will be at 1pm on Saturday July 14th.
Call 804 303 5449 if you have any questions!

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective held the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry in the parking lot at North Avenue and West Graham St. next to the Goal Post restaurant. The weather turned out to be really nice, which made the whole event run a lot smoother. We’ve been partnering with the Central Virginia Food Bank for 2 years come July on this program, which has brought thousands of pounds of food to Southern Barton Heights.

We had 125 people with vouchers who returned this Saturday. We had 34 additional walk-ups of folks who either hadn’t been before or were from  a little bit outside of the area so we never guarantee food to them. Of the households represented by those vouchers and walk ups we served, 225 adults, 156 children, and 43 seniors- a total of 424 individuals.

We expect larger turnouts as the weather warms up. We have been getting a solid group of volunteers every month, and hope to further develop the program.

For folks that are interested in signing up to receive a voucher there are a few things to note. First, is that we only guarantee food to the people who actually live in Southern Barton Heights. It is not just based on area code, so being in the 23222 does not guarantee that we will promise you food each month. Our general boundaries are Chamberlayne Avenue on the West, 4th Street on the East, Gilpin Court to the South, and a few blocks above Brookland Park Boulevard to the North. We collect addresses on a waiting list the day of the Mobile Food Pantry. If folks who’s addresses are on our voucher list don’t show up for 2 months in a row we bump them off of the guaranteed food list and move addresses from the waiting list on over. We only give one voucher per household.

We do some deliveries of the food to the elderly and infirm. We had 8 this month. Please let us know if you need a delivery, but only if you really need one, as our ability to drive around after the event is limited. Having friends or relatives pick up your food for you is acceptable, and usually goes even smoother if you can let us know ahead of time.

The event is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. We never start the food distribution until 1:00. We start setting up around 12:00, so if you want to volunteer that is when to come. We have 2 lines- one for folks on the voucher list, and one for folks who are not.  We try to have a table of literature and fliers about events out as well. If you have questions you can contact us at 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Foodbank teamed up again this past Saturday for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry. We’ve been doing this monthly event for over a year now, bringing groceries to Southern Barton Heights for the benefit of our community. Members of the Wingnut facilitate the program, but folks from the neighborhood participate in the actual distribution. We’ve been working on how the program functions as well.

We had 200 people signed up for vouchers. The total number of members of households in Southern Barton Heights who benefit from this grocery distribution are below.

Total: 549 people of which 278 were Adults, 226 were children, and 45 were seniors

The next Mobile Food Pantry will be in January on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 1pm. This event happens at North Avenue and West Graham in the raised parking lot next to the Goal Post restaurant. We can always use help setting up starting at 12. We have a list of addresses of folks who have vouchers, and also a waiting list for folks in the area we will get vouchers to if/when we can.

Here is a letter we handed out at this past event:

Dear Neighbors,

A little over a year ago the Wingnut decided to partner up with the food bank to make the mobile food pantry happen in Southern Barton Heights. It’s gone on for over a year now, and while it’s been good in some ways, it’s also had problems.

One of the big problems for us is that we’re anarchist activists, and we don’t really have any experience running a program like this and we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. People who were supposed to get vouchers didn’t, people who shouldn’t have gotten vouchers have them. There’s been a good deal of miscommunication about how this is supposed to work and so on. This stuff is our fault, and we;re sorry that any of y’all haven’t gotten what you expected or deserved out of it.

How the Food Pantry Works:

The food bank sends a truck out to our neighborhood, and they know that they have enough space in the truck to provide 200 servings of food.

These vouchers are promises to you that if you show up anytime before we start handing stuff out to the folks that are in the non-voucher line you’ll get food. If you don’t have a voucher, you can still get food if there is stuff left after the first 200 meals (there usually is). We’re not going to do paper vouchers at all anymore, but we’re just going to rely on what’s on the list. If you are not on the voucher list, we’re restarting the waiting list as of today.

Changes we’re making:

1. People who are in Southern Barton Heights are the only ones who are going to get vouchers from here on out.

2. If you can’t make it to the food pantry 2 times in a row, you get dropped from the voucher list, but you’ll be able to get back in the waiting list if you want.

3. The waiting list is getting restarted today (December 10th 2011), if you were on any previous waiting list you need to sign up again.

4. From now on, it’s going to be one trip through the line per voucher. If you have 2 cvouchers because you sre picking up for a firend or whatever, you’re going to need to go through the line twice. This is kind of a pain, but we’ve had a lot of problems with this in the past.

Stuff that we’d like to see:

1. More community control over how the food pantry runs

2. All of the vouchers going to folks that live in the immediate area

3. Better communication from the folks running it to everyone else

Please come talk to us if you have any ideas for how to make this thing run berrer, or if you want to get involved with running it!

Love,

The Wingnuts

On August 13th the Central Virginia Food Bank showed up in Southern Barton Heights with enough food to provide for 200 households in our community. The event worked out, even though we all got a shower when it decided to pour rain right in the middle of the day! Here’s how it went:

Of the 200 vouchers handed out, 147 were handed in for food. In all, those with vouchers represented 280 adults, 277 children, and 95 seniors; accounting for 652 people total.

Having seen that there were some organizational issues to be worked out with how the Pantry has worked in the past, this month, we did things a little differently.  We have noticed over the last few months a trend in folks from Southern Barton Heights not receiving vouchers, while others from well outside of the neighborhood were receiving one, or even more. This is not to say that we don’t want other people to have food, on the contrary if it were up to us, we would live in a world where everyone had enough to keep themselves and those around them fed.  Sadly, we are only able to guarantee food for 200 families, which is by no means a small amount, but unfortunately doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the issue of hunger in our communities. So, with that in mind, we have revamped the process by which we are handing out vouchers, in an effort to better serve our immediate community. If you have, in previous months, received a voucher for the event, yet you did not this month, please keep in mind that if you are outside of our range of delivery you will either need to contact us at 804-303-5449, or come to the mobile food pantry event the second Saturday of every month and sign up to have a voucher delivered to you.

We will be handing out semi-permanent voucher cards to people in the Southern Barton Heights area over the coming weeks as a solution to the voucher concerns.

On Saturday March 12 we had the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry. The Central VA Food Bank brought food to the neighborhood and the Wingnut and a few volunteers handed out food.

Of 175 vouchers given out, 123 were brought to the event and 51 people joined us without a voucher.

Those who attended represented 111 Seniors in our area, 297 children, and 290 adults.

In addition to distributing food at the Mobile Food Pantry, we have started to deliver food to those elders or disabled people in our area for whom coming out and carrying about three grocery bags packed full of food is too burdensome. We made 4 deliveries this month, and added two more deliveries to our schedule for April.

The total amount of those represented was 698 people.

Vouchers for the April food pantry were given to anyone who had already been delivered a voucher for March. Those without vouchers were added to the April delivery list; anyone within the delivery range will be given a voucher. Those who fall outside of it (again) will be contacted to pick one up after residents of Southern Barton Heights and the surrounding area receive theirs.

For information on how to start a Mobile Food Pantry in your area, contact Warren Hammonds (whammonds@feedmore.org) of the Central VA Food Bank. It’s very easy to start one! All you need are a location, volunteers to hand out the food, and a method for voucher distribution: here we deliver, but other groups distribute them via faith centers, community service and neighborhood associations, or other organizations.

To get a voucher for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry, just give us a call at (804) 303-5449 and we’ll put you on our voucher delivery list!

On Saturday February 12, the Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry brought food the neighborhood (as they do every second Saturday of the month).  The Wingnut handed out 175 vouchers for the event, and though the turnout for the event was lower then previous months, the total amount of people represented was higher.

Of 175 vouchers given out, 132 were brought to the event.

Those who attended represented 118 Seniors in our area, 310 children, and 314 adults.

Total amount of those represented was 742 people.

Vouchers for the March food pantry were given to anyone who had already been delivered a voucher for February. Those without vouchers were added to the March delivery list; anyone within the delivery range will be given a voucher. Those who fall outside of it (again) will be contacted to pick one up after residents of Southern Barton Heights and the surrounding area receive theirs.

For information on how to start a Mobile Food Pantry in your area, contact Warren Hammonds (whammonds@feedmore.org) of the Central VA Food Bank. It’s very easy to start one! All you need are a location, volunteers to hand out the food, and a method for voucher distribution: here we deliver, but other groups distribute them via faith centers, community service and neighborhood associations, or other organizations.

To get a voucher for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry, just give us a call at (804) 303-5449 and we’ll put you on our delivery schedule!

We held the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, December 11th.

The Mobile Food Pantry is co-organized with the Central VA Food Bank. They bring a huge truck filled with food -12,630 lbs of food this month- and we distribute vouchers to community members who could use the extra food. While the vouchers ensure the holder gets priority in line and guarantees a full share of food, anybody is welcome to come and share the remainder. We gave away all of the food this month.

This month we changed our distribution scheme in a significant way: instead of people coming to our door to pick up food vouchers, we delivered them door to door throughout our neighborhood and northside. Those who fell outside our delivery range were contacted afterword, and then told they could pick up a voucher. This helped ensure ALL the people in our area (and especially less mobile folks) got vouchers, while also not excluding people in other areas of the city.

In general the level of politeness at the Mobile Food Pantry increased, we speculate due to the presence of more actual neighors at the community event. Another unexpected benefit was a proportional increase in reported seniors, probably also due to the less Social Darwinist model of voucher distro.

Without further ado, the statistics: (more…)

This past weekend we participated in the 4th monthly Mobile Food Pantry. This is a project that is the joint effort of the WIngnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Throughout the month before the event, the Wingnut distributes vouchers for free groceries throughout Southern Barton Heights. One voucher per household. Then on the second Saturday of each month, the Food Bank drives out a huge and awesome truck to the parking lot next to the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue- at the intersection of West Graham and North Avenue. The Wingnuts then work with 2 folks from the Food Bank to set up tables full of food. At 1pm the distribution starts. People who have vouchers are given priority, since they are the people that we guaranteed access to the food. The only qualification for the vouchers is living in the Southern Barton Heights area. People who are disabled, elderly, or otherwise unable to come the day of and pickup the food (it is quite heavy) can contact the Wingnut ahead of time to arrange a delivery. We recommend bringing more than one person per voucher to pick up the food on the day, it is usually more than 1 heavy bag worth of groceries. Re-usable bags are also a really great thing to bring with you- paper ones don’t last long with the weight! (more…)

This past weekend we participated in the 3rd monthly Mobile Food Pantry. This is a project that is the joint effort of the WIngnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Throughout the month before the event, the Wingnut distributes vouchers for free groceries throughout Southern Barton Heights. One voucher per household. Then on the second Saturday of each month, the Food Bank drives out a huge and awesome truck to the parking lot next to the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue- at the intersection of West Graham and North Avenue. The Wingnuts then work with 2 folks from the Food Bank to set up tables full of food. At 1pm the distribution starts. People who have vouchers are given priority, since they are the people that we guaranteed access to the food. The only qualification for the vouchers is living in the Southern Barton Heights area. People who are disabled, elderly, or otherwise unable to come the day of and pickup the food (it is quite heavy) can contact the Wingnut ahead of time to arrange a delivery. We recommend bringing more than one person per voucher to pick up the food on the day, it is usually more than 1 heavy bag worth of groceries. Re-usable bags are also a really great thing to bring with you- paper ones don’t last long with the weight! (more…)