June 2016 Newsletter – Serving More in Need by Expanding Boundaries

Thanks to generous support from the community, the Pantry is growing to better serve more families in the Dulles South region. From launching a broader service zone to increasing programs and hours, the Pantry evolves to meet the needs of the Dulles South Community.

  • Serving a Broader Community – Effective June 1, 2016, the Dulles South Food Pantry has expanded its geographic boundaries to serve families in the Brambleton community, in addition to those who reside in the school attendance zones for the Freedom and John Champe High Schools. Specifically, the Pantry is now offering services to the zones that have been assigned to the new Brambleton Middle School opening in the 2017-2018 school year.

To learn more about how the pantry is expanding its boundaries, hours and summer programs, please see the blog on our website.

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Buffalo Trail Elementary School “Weighs In” on Food Recovery

lunch-thiefThis past school year, the students and leaders of the Buffalo Trail Elementary School CASA after school program began a lunch time food harvest. Their goal: to recover more pounds in food than the body weight of the all the CASA students combined. This was no small task as the students, led by CASA Supervisor, Susan McClanahan, weighed approximately 3,030 pounds.

McClanahan explained that the CASA leadership was inspired and encouraged by school staff and the Buffalo Trail parent liaison to implement a food recovery program. McClanahan and fellow CASA leaders, Lisa Butler and Marine Lazareva, went to work to achieve the goal. They began by inspiring kids with a book called The Lunch Thief, by Anne C. Bromley. The book tells the story of a new kid at school that is stealing food from lunches. The book’s main character determines that the thief is living with his family in a hotel and has lost his home in a wildfire. That knowledge changes how he feels about the thief and they begin a friendship. The CASA students discussed the book and reasons why people might not have enough food. They also discussed ways that they could help people in need.Continue reading