Founded in 1972, the Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) is the largest not-for-profit organization alleviating hunger and addressing poverty in the Rockbridge area.  Headquartered in Lexington, Virginia, the Food Pantry and Helpline serve Rockbridge County and the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington. RARA’s mission is to aid Rockbridge area households in a time of emergency when help is needed to meet life’s basic needs.

Our Food Pantry is open four days a week and serves more than 600 families a month.  There’s more to hunger than going hungry. Every day individuals sacrifice meals to keep the lights on and pay rent.  The HelpLine offers a lifeline to ensure warm, safe shelter by preventing evictions and utility cutoffs. Click here to find out more about program hours and the types of aid we provide.