rara_logo_borderThe Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) is an emergency relief agency, providing local households with aid in times of emergency, when other community or personal resources have been exhausted. We serve a variety of clients, including single parents, low income working people, the elderly, and those who may require aid due to the transitional loss of a job, or medical hardship.

The Food Pantry provides supplemental food for clients, serving 17,626 individuals in 2013.

The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Direct assistance is prioritized in the following categories: food, heat, non- heat utilities, rent, mortgage,  transportation, and we can refer clients who need help to other agencies such as social services, crisis fuel, heating and cooling assistance.

RARA does not cover assistance for purchase of clothing, over-the-counter medications or phone bills. Money is not paid directly to a client.

Anyone who has encountered an emergency should contact the RARA HELPLINE (463-6642) Monday through Thursday, by phone. An application will be filled out to determine if you qualify for assistance. RARA can also help you explore additional community resources, such as the Valley Program for the Aging, Social Services, Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) , and the Rockbridge Area Transportation System.

You may now make secure donations to RARA by credit card using the PAYPAL donate button on our “donate page.”