Good Neighbors Help Volunteer Farm Stay Open to Serve Food Pantries

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

WOODSTOCK, Va. -- Several months ago WHSV aired a story on The Volunteer Farm in Woodstock almost closing. Now since then, good neighbors have stepped up to prevent that from happening.

The Volunteer Farm donates all its food to more than 600 pantries around the state. A church group full of kids is helping the farm grow after some difficult times.

"When I saw the article on the need and the size and that this place is feeding, you know, providing all the fresh vegetables at no charge to all the food banks in the Shenandoah area, it was just a no brainer for us," said Lambie Renner, the church group's coordinator.

The Volunteer Farm's manager Suzy Billhimer says they've seen a 25% increase of volunteers since WHSV aired that story on the farm almost closing six months ago.

"Partly due to the story in the media that we've gotten we incurred donation after donation, we've aquired new donors as result to that as well as new volunteers," said Billhimer.

New volunteers have stepped up like Alex Williams, who is just 13 years old.

"They need volunteers, they don't get a lot of government funding and everything so we try to help out every way we can," said Williams.

It's a learning experience for a good cause.

"Our hope is that they will take this experience and say that it was fulfilling and they want to do more," said Renner about the group of kids.

The more volunteers, the more crops can grow, and that means more food donations for people in need.

Billhimer says even though donations have increased since WHSV's story, they always need help, especially during the summer.

The Volunteer Farm is holding a fundraiser at Anthony's Pizza in Strasburg until 9 PM on Wednesday July 10. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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