Desires Realized in Dulles South Food Pantry

Opening June 18, 2014, the Dulles South Food Pantry was formed to serve the needy of one of the fastest growing communities in America. Nestled to the south of the Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, the Dulles South region boasts tantalizing amenities like community pools, a gorgeous library, a new hospital coming soon, a community center, miles of beautifully groomed trails and more. But, even in our immaculately maintained community, there is still heart breaking need for the basic necessities.

While there are well-established food pantries in other areas of Loudoun County, there is a geographic pocket where the needy in the immediate area of the Freedom High School and John Champe High School boundaries cannot easily receive assistance. Dulles South residents are not always eligible for full benefits at some pantries (due to geographical limits of the surrounding pantries). Or they have to travel more than 10 miles to take advantage of pantries like Seven Loaves or Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Often this distance is prohibitive for our needy, especially for seniors and those without reliable transportation. The Dulles South Food Pantry hopes to relieve some of the pressure on the neighboring food pantries by servicing our own.

In Loudoun’s Dulles South community, there are more than 759 children who Loudoun County Public Schools considers economically disadvantaged. This rivals the population of an entire elementary school, and when considering there are only eleven public schools within the Dulles South area and each needy child represents needy adults and possibly younger siblings, the numbers of food insecure begin to multiply. Heart breaking instances of death, divorce, unemployment and illness can create need very quickly in otherwise stable lives.

The Dulles South Food Panty came together through the efforts of an eighteen member steering committee, local churches, community partner organizations, and a large and successful interfaith food drive “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor.” Many individuals had the desire and saw the need in Dulles South, and through the effort of the steering committee, who have a whole range of professional and volunteer experience and resources, and partner churches the pantry is set to open June 18, 2014 at the Arcola United Methodist Church at 24757 Evergreen Mills Road, Dulles, Virginia 20166. This is just in time for the end of the school year and the loss of free and reduced breakfast and lunch services for the area’s children.

The pantry is designed to service residents, regardless of age, income, faith, or any other factor, of the Dulles South geographic area. Initially, it will operate the first and third Wednesday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Individuals in need can contact us here for assistance.

There are many ways to help this effort! Check out our fundraising page. Please consider sharing this on social media. Help us spread the word!

The pantry also needs volunteers. Volunteers can help in a many ways from stocking shelves to filling orders to data entry. Each volunteer needs to complete training. Signup for training.

And, of course, food donations are always welcome.

Help us so we can helps others when they need it the most.

Posted in Dulles South Food News.