Lynchburg's Daily Bread

In this file photo from just before Thanksgiving in 2012, Joann Johnson of the The Daily Bread organizes a donation including two turkeys. Since Aug. 20, Daily Bread volunteers have offered a free hot meal twice a week at Willow Branch Apartments in Madison Heights.

A Lynchburg soup kitchen has extended its food distribution services to Amherst County.

Since Aug. 20, Daily Bread volunteers have offered a free hot meal twice a week at Willow Branch Apartments in Madison Heights.

The meals are given from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There are no income qualifications and recipients do not need to be residents of Willow Branch Apartments to receive a meal.

“We don’t judge; it’s not for us to judge. All are welcome,” said Daily Bread Executive Director Tracey Dixon.

According to Dixon, the Madison Heights food drive is a result of a senior research project done by a group of Sweet Briar College students.

The students consulted with Amherst County Department of Social Services and area churches, studied census data and determined there was a need for hunger assistance in the county

“They felt like they made a [difference],” said Tom Scott, business professor at Sweet Briar College who oversaw the project.

According to Dixon, the Willow Branch Apartments complex was chosen because of its acceptance of the federal housing choice vouchers, formerly known as Section 8.

“They’ve been wonderful,” Dixon said of the apartment’s management.

“They’ve welcomed us with open arms from the beginning,”

Since Aug. 20, Dixon said volunteers have distributed about 40 meals a week, consisting of an entrée, at least two sides, bread and dessert.

Daily Bread was founded in 1982 to address hunger in the Lynchburg area.

The organization is funded by private donations and receives donated food from local grocery stores and colleges.

“We’re always open to volunteers, and financial support is our greatest need,” Dixon said.

More information: The Daily Bread

     » What: Free hot meal

     » When: 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

     » Where: Willow Branch Apartments in Madison Heights

     » Details: no income qualifications

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Contact Sherese Gore at (434) 385-3357 or sgore@newsadvance.com.

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