About Mission Statement: Helping meet the nutritional, emotional and spiritual needs of others through the generosity of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ throughout King George County and surrounding communities. Thanks for visiting Whether you are seeking food assistance or looking for ways in which you can help others, we invite you to learn more about Love Thy Neighbor. Your interest in our effort is appreciated as we all work together to provide encouragement and lend a hand to local individuals and families less fortunate. Our story Love Thy Neighbor Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen was established in 2012 as a non-profit, volunteer operated, faith-based organization in King George, Virginia to provide nutritional basics and reassurance to others in need. Our first food pantry event was held in December, 2012. Our service On the 3rd Sunday each month, Love Thy Neighbor provides an Inspirational Hour with music and a guest speaker followed by a hot meal, beverage and dessert. Patrons then visit our Food Pantry for a broad selection of groceries of choice. Our main focus is on food and hygiene items. Most of our guests are seniors, veterans, disabled, unemployed or under-employed. In addition, we share information and resources to help guide our neighbors in the right direction for particular services they may need. We serve approximately 100 families at our once-a-month event, and are blessed with dedicated and faithful volunteers who assist with the tasks at hand to make it all happen. Our team Love Thy Neighbor’s leadership team is made up of dedicated volunteers with diverse denominational backgrounds. We also have 30-50 additional volunteers participating at each monthly event. If you are interested, please Volunteer. Many businesses, organizations and churches are currently partnering with us in our effort to reach out to our community. Thank you all for your generosity and faithfulness! More details Our Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen has provided meals and groceries to over 4,000 households……approximately 9,000 men, women and children, supplying and serving at least 150 meals at each monthly event. This varies from 85-100 family units per month made up of: Seniors ~ Veterans ~ Disabled persons ~ Unemployed & under-employed ~ Families w/children (many in blended & extended families). Love Thy Neighbor is a ‘patron-choice’ food pantry, which allows families and individuals to shop in an attractive setting organized similar to a grocery store. A wide range of breakfast items, canned goods (tuna, chicken, vegetables, fruit, soup), peanut butter and jelly, boxed pasta meals, spaghetti sauce with pasta, seasonal produce from the King George Farmer’s Market, fresh fruit, bread, and on occasion refrigerated and frozen foods are offered at no cost to patrons. Hygiene items like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste are also available. Our ‘patron-choice’ pantry upholds the dignity of the families and individuals we serve. The advantages of a ‘patrons-choice’ pantry are: A sense of self-esteem for patrons and their families Higher patron satisfaction with food they are able to choose Less waste and, therefore, less cost in providing food to patrons Greater opportunities for positive and supportive social interaction between LTN volunteers and patrons We have reached out to our King George and surrounding area neighbors to offer a time of fellowship and support through our Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Many months we start with a depleted food pantry and must work diligently and persistently throughout the month to restock the pantry and collect monetary funds to provide the ongoing service. You can help by making a donation. Our goal is to work towards sponsorships and grants to help stabilize our funds. This would enable us to provide more nutritional food choices, promote supplemental programs to help individuals become more self-sufficient and additional services to assist in our Community’s physical and mental health needs. We continue with this opportunity to serve, help, share and encourage others as a non-profit ministry ~ partnering with other non-profits, such as the Lunch Bunch Program, Project Inasmuch, MARS Hill Youth Events, Senior Navigator, TRIAD and in addition, the KG County school backpack, DECA and community service hours for students programs to not only provide and share information and resources but also guide our neighbors in the right direction for particular services they may need. There are many within the King George area and surrounding counties who have reached out to help in our effort ~ businesses, organizations, churches, friends and neighbors. Please visit our Volunteer page for ways you can help.