Emergency Assistance Programs in Lynchburg, Va

by on March 7th, 2015
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Lynchburg, Va., - The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank told the Green County Record that they have seen a nearly 25-fold increase in the number of families needing food and energy assistance since 1995, and they expect those numbers to increase as the Christmas holiday approach.

Whether it’s food or other assistance, there are a variety of resources available in the Lynchburg area:

Energy Assistance: There are two types of energy assistance programs offered for residents of the City of Lynchburg: fuel aid and emergency aid. Applications for the fuel assistance program are accepted until Nov. 11. The emergency aid (or crisis aid) program is available throughout the year, and can provide assistance for past due amounts, deposits (one per energy provider) and the purchase of heating equipment. More information is available on the City of Lynchburg web site or by calling (434) 455-5850.

Energy assistance is available through the Community Action Group. This non-profit, business-sponsored organization provides limited food and energy assistance depending upon the amount of funds available on a given day. Energy assistance is limited to those with a current disconnect notice. More information is available on their web site or by calling (434) 846-2778.

Medical Assistance: Low-income families that are eligible for Medicaid assistance can apply through the Dept. of Social Services. Strict income and family requirements are mandated by federal and state law. Call (434)455-5850 for more information and to arrange an appointment to meet a case worker.

The Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan (FAMIS) also provides low-copay coverage to children, age 19 and under, of qualified applicants. Co-pay amounts average between $2 and $5 per visit. This includes medical visits, prescription drugs and other services.

Food Assistance: Emergency food is available at several food banks located throughout the city of Lynchburg. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, located downtown Lynchburg, distributes food to needy individuals and families on a daily basis. A complete list of cooperating food banks located throughout the Lynchburg area is available here or by calling 540-248-3663.

The Daily Bread provides hot meals three times a day at the Clay St. location in downtown Lynchburg, and provides (or arranges) housing for the homeless. For more information, call (434) 845.5703.

The suicide crisis hotline also provides one-time emergency food voucher for those in emergent need. For more information, or to speak with a counselor, call (434) 947-4357

Dan McGinnis is a freelance writer, published author and former newspaper publisher. He has been a candidate, campaign manager and press secretary for state and local political campaigns for more than 30 years.

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