Our Mission

Life often gives us circumstances beyond our control and, for the individuals and families that we serve, they don’t always have the resources to quickly recover. Interfaith Outreach Association exists to step in during those moments and assist with helping our neighbors in need navigate during their tough times. We provide programs that give education, guidance and support, to identify ways out or ways up. We work with individuals and families to assess their needs, assist them as we can,  and connect them with the many resources in our community that can empower them to improve their situation.

It is our hope that our programs empower the communities that are affected by the immense poverty that our city, and the surrounding areas, face.

Our Impact

IOA serves populations in the city of Lynchburg as well as Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties. The numbers below reflect the dire circumstances many of our neighbors in need face on a daily basis.

  • 18.6 percent of the Lynchburg population are considered to be food insecure, meaning there is a lack of access to food for a healthy, active life for all household members.
  • Lynchburg’s median household income is about $40,000. A family with any number of children in Lynchburg will need to make more than $40,000 per year to take care of their basic needs such as shelter, health care, food and transportation.
  • The city’s overall poverty rate now stands at more than 23%, which is roughly 9% higher than the national average
  • Approximately 30% of the 23% of persons living in poverty are children
  • Approximately 60% of students in Lynchburg City Schools qualify for free or reduced lunch
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