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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!
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.
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Record number of families received Thanksgiving meals due to expanded facilities
November 28, 2017 ― Dulles, Va. ― The November 15 Thanksgiving distribution at the Dulles South Food Pantry marked its busiest day since its inception, due in large part to its expanded kitchen facilities. Continue reading
From Round Hill to Sterling Park; from Loudoun Heights to South Riding; local food pantries reach out to touch needy families in all four corners of Loudoun County.
Donations to all food pantries typically decrease during the summer months. However, hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation and many students who would otherwise eat breakfast and lunch at school may no longer have access to those meals during the summer.
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