November 2016 Newsletter – Loudoun Hunger Summit Gathers Local Leaders “Together at the Table”

Dulles South Food Pantry President, Charlene Jones, attended the 2016 Loudoun Hunger Summit in Ashburn, VA on October 14, 2016.  This summit was co-sponsored by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and Loudoun Hunger Relief (previously known as Loudoun Interfaith Relief). This year’s theme for the summit, “Together at the Table,” set the stage for Loudoun County leaders to examine food insecurity in the county.

Food insecurity has become a top concern in our area, even as Loudoun County has ranked among the nation’s wealthiest each year. Related to the research and data shared at the event, Jones said, “I was startled to hear that 4 out of 10 food insecure families in Loudoun don’t qualify for SNAP (food stamps) or free school lunch because their household income is too great. The cost of living is so high in Loudoun that ineligible families still can’t afford food.”

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Pantry’s Friday Food Packs Program Helps LCPS Students in Need

friday-food-packThe Dulles South Food Pantry is pleased to announce that we have expanded our Friday Food Packs program this year. Our Friday Food Packs program supports students attending LCPS schools in Dulles South by providing them with small food packs for the weekend. Dedicated volunteers sort and pack bags weekly, which are then delivered to the schools that request them. The food packs are small, easy to carry and generally have individual serving sized food and easy to heat food, such as mac n cheese, fruit cups, and juice. Some of the food that is used in the Friday Food Packs program is obtained through the Food Recovery program at other LCPS schools. However, the pantry still relies greatly on donations from the community to fund for and provide food for this program.Continue reading

October 2016 Newsletter – Starbucks Employees Take Action to Reduce Waste and Feed the Hungry

The employees at the Starbucks in the Eastgate Shopping Center in South Riding Virginia aren’t just serving up Grande Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiatos, they are serving up a helping hand to the local community. Every Wednesday morning, volunteers from the Dulles South Food Pantry stop by there to pick up fresh bakery items to distribute to Pantry guests later that day.

Since the program began four months ago, Starbucks has donated over eighty pounds of food to the Pantry. The items being donated range from bagels to banana bread to croissants. “These are a real treat for our guests. People struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table appreciate having fresh baked goods in addition to the canned food normally distributed by the Pantry”, explains Charlene Jones, Pantry President. The program began when employees, led by Jessie Johnson, saw good food going in the trash. With the support of store manager, Maria James and district manager, Evie Szafirska, Johnson contacted the Dulles South Food Pantry to see if the food could be used.

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Starbucks Employees Take Action to Reduce Waste and Feed the Hungry

Various Bread DonationsThe employees at the Starbucks in the Eastgate Shopping Center in South Riding Virginia aren’t just serving up Grande Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiatos, they are serving up a helping hand to the local community. Every Wednesday morning, volunteers from the Dulles South Food Pantry stop by there to pick up fresh bakery items to distribute to Pantry guests later that day.

Since the program began four months ago, Starbucks has donated over eighty pounds of food to the Pantry. The items being donated range from bagels to banana bread to croissants. “These are a real treat for our guests. People struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table appreciate having fresh baked goods in addition to the canned food normally distributed by the Pantry”, explains Charlene Jones, Pantry President.Continue reading