April 2018: There’s still time

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.

Why K12 is stuffing lunch waste

Food insecurity and new laws spur schools to recycle, conserve and redistribute meals

Every year, nearly 40 percent of food produced in America is thrown into the trash. That trend extends to the 5 billion lunches served in U.S. public schools each year, amounting to an estimated $1.2 billion of annual lunchroom waste, according to USDA data and findings from a two-year study of Boston middle schools.

Read the full article here: https://www.districtadministration.com/article/why-k12-stuffing-lunch-waste

January 2018: What does food insecurity look like? You might be surprised.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. According to estimates from the USDA, 41 million Americans were food insecure in 2016. Here, in Loudoun County, almost five percent of our population (that is, over 14,000 people) are food insecure. Although we live in one of the richest counties of America, there are individuals, seniors, moms and dads who struggle to pay bills while getting enough to eat. Read more in the January Newsletter

December 2017: “When you are having hard times, you come to the Pantry for help. When you are in a better place, you help someone else.”

A local school recently held a food drive and invited Pantry President, Charlene Jones, to speak to the children. While there, Ms. Jones discovered that one of the teachers was a former Pantry guest. The teacher shared that money is still tight, but her family is making it now without help. This teacher had organized the food drive, donated food herself, and expressed that she wants to start volunteering. Read more about the many examples of giving that encapsulates our mission of Neighbors Feeding Neighbors in the December Newsletter.