July 2018: Help us “grow” our mission with fresh produce from your own garden

photo of fresh fruits and cornA key word in our mission is to provide “nutritious” food to our guests. Did you know that we accept fresh food donations? Do you have a bountiful garden and an overabundance of fruits or vegetables (or even herbs)? Why not donate the extras to the Pantry? You can deliver fresh produce to the Pantry within hours of harvesting, and it may well be eaten by Pantry guests for dinner that night!

Read more in our July Newsletter

June 2018: Providing food to the most vulnerable

Loudoun volunteer caregivers logoThe Pantry is extending our reach to our most vulnerable neighbors in need, and you can help. We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers. This important partnership will help homebound elderly, disabled, or chronically ill residents of Dulles South receive food assistance from the Pantry. All services are provided for free to clients, coordinated by Loudoun Caregivers’ staff, and performed by volunteers.

Read more about how you can help in the June Newsletter.

May 2018: Hitting a Hole in One

On the morning of April 20, 2018, 104 golfers and numerous dedicated volunteers braved the cold to hit the greens at South Riding Golf Club, playing for fun prizes donated by generous sponsors, all with the important goal to help feed our hungry neighbors. As part of the tournament, our silent auction saw the sale of donated items, ranging from Redskins memorabilia and tickets to retail packages. The tournament raised over $25,000, which will help us continue our mission of “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.” We are so grateful for the sponsors, donors, volunteers, and participants who supported and helped to make our 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament a resounding success!

Read more about it in the May Newsletter

April 2018: There’s still time to help us drive out hunger…

and also win great prizes from our amazing sponsors and participate in our silent auction!

You have a few days left to sign up for our first annual golf tournament at the South Riding Golf Club on Friday, April 20th.

Play for HUGE prizes and FUN contests:
  • Hole-in-One – Win a 2018 Volvo!
  • Hole-in-Two – Win a Golf trip to Pebble Beach!
  • Dixon Gold Challenge
  • Longest Drive
  • photo of Redskins kicker Dustin HopkinsCool Drone Golf Ball Drop
And, play golf with Washington Redskins kicker, Dustin Hopkins!
Read more about it in the April Newsletter

March 2018: Volunteering

Volunteers help us achieve our mission of “Neighbors feeding Neighbors”. Without our dedicated volunteers, we could not do what we do. There are great benefits to volunteering. Not only do our neighbors receive the assistance they need with quality food they receive from the Pantry, but volunteers are rewarded with the joy of making a direct, needed impact in the lives of our neighbors!

Read more about volunteering in the March Newsletter.

First Day Volunteering at DSFP by Trevor Moody

Having never worked at a food pantry, I didn’t know what to expect. I had envisioned overseeing the distribution of canned goods to lines of people in need of food. After my first-day volunteering at Dulles South Food Pantry, my understanding was completely changed. I had signed up for a Wednesday evening distribution shift and I quickly experienced firsthand the level of detail, planning, and amount of food that goes through the pantry. The pantry does not just distribute bags of food but rather has tables of food consisting of fresh produce, bread, frozen meat, desserts and much more. The distribution is done using an effective appointment system where families can choose a time to pick up their pre-ordered items and choose from a selection of produce and perishable foods on site. My first day I was involved with a little bit of everything, ranging from packing family’s bags into wagons, gathering the produce for each family, and helping the families load the groceries in their car. Being my first shift, I was kindly introduced and greeted by the other volunteers and felt very welcomed and appreciated. Having never volunteered in a pantry before, I immediately gained a perspective on the impact my efforts in the panty had on the families in need within the Dulles community. The food that I loaded into the family’s cars would feed them and their children for the next week. In addition to all of the happy faces entering the pantry I won’t forget when a 3-year-old boy kept his hand on the wagon handle to help me pull the food his family received all the way to their car. I would highly recommend volunteering at the Dulles South Food Pantry!

 

February 2018: Teeing up for our first annual charity golf tournament

We are so excited to share that the Pantry is hosting our 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on April 20, 2018 at the South Riding Golf Club! More than 100 golfers will have the chance to play for fun and prizes. Major sponsors will have the opportunity to promote products and services, while showcasing their commitment to the Pantry’s mission. Read move about it in our February Newsletter.