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RVA Food & Housing Resources

How to Get Assistance with Basic Needs in the Richmond, VA Area

Resources for Hanover

Where can I get food? There are free meals available throughout the city every day of the week. You can also access local food pantries if you are in need of food for your home. ‚Äč

ACES (Ashland Christian Emergency Services):  Provides free clothing and other household items for Ashland residents. Must have a referral from Hanover Safe Place or Hanover Social Services.Open M, W, F 8:30 – 11:30am.

  • 804-798-2784

CSB (Community Services Board):  Offers a wide array of services for low-income Hanover County residents including: crisis services, psychiatric services, case management, and day support and community education.

  • 804-365-4000

Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF):  Performs as a collection of various Christian churches in Mechanicsville that provide free services to Hanover residents such as, but not limited to: food pantry, clothing closet, emergency financial assistance and counseling services.

  • 804-357-4093

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): The SNAP program is designed to promote better nutrition for low-income families by increasing their food purchasing power. 

    Eligibility Requirements: 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF):  TANF provides cash assistance to families with children who do not have support from one or both parents or guardians due to unemployment or underemployment, death, absence and divorce. TANF encourages parents and guardians to achieve financial independence through participation in employment-related activities, education, training and other support services.

  • Social Services

            Phone: 804-365-4100

  • Physical Address

           8475 Bell Creek Road
           Mechanicsville, VA 23116

  • Hours: 

           Monday - Thursday
           8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
           8:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Virginia Hunger Solutions:  Virginia Hunger Solutions is an initiative of the Virginia Poverty Law Center to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families throughout the Commonwealth who struggle with poverty.  The project was launched on November 1, 2013, with funding from the Food Research and Action Center.  Its mission will be advanced through public education, advocacy, and outreach.

WHEAT (Western Hanover Emergency Action Team):  A nonprofit developed to assist families in emergency need in Western Hanover. Their services (health closet, food pantry, financial assistance) are provided 24 hours a day. Must call and leave a message and a WHEAT worker will call you back.

  • 877-559-4328