The mission of Loving Food Resources (LFR) is to provide food, health, and personal care items to people in 18 counties of Western North Carolina who are living with HIV/AIDS or who are in home hospice care with any diagnosis.
LFR was founded in November 1991 by three gentlemen living with HIV/AIDS who along with their friends were too often having to choose between buying food or the medications keeping them alive. LFR has grown to serve more than 80 clients per week. From the earliest days when volunteers packed boxes of food for clients to pick up, LFR has advanced from providing food in prepackaged boxes to client choice where clients shop from shelves and coolers and freezers. Food boxes average approximately 50 lbs per week.
LFR has been an all-volunteer agency for its first 23 years, and volunteers remain the heart and soul of our organization. More than 150 volunteers participate in LFR’s work. In 2015, the LFR Board of Directors made the momentous decision to hire our first Director to expand our impact, feed more people, and ensure the ongoing operation of our programs. We have now reached the point in our development that we can no longer accomplish our mission solely with volunteers. We are excited to announce that Nancy Gavin began work as our first Pantry Director in June 2015.
LFR is a partner agency of MANNA FoodBank (a member of Feeding America). The majority of LFR’s food is obtained through MANNA FoodBank. Additional food is obtained from Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s on a weekly basis. Produce is obtained from MANNA, from LFR’s 18 raised bed garden, from Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, from Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Community Garden, and from individual gardens. Fresh produce is an essential portion of the food provided. Large food drives from area churches supplement our food resources.