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

It Takes The Whole Community to Make This Work

Mike Donaldson, host of At Loudoun Podcast Magazine, interviewed Pantry President Charlene Jones in September 2016. To listen to the podcast, go to At Loudoun’s website. Listen on your way to work or when you have some extra time. It is a great summary of how the Pantry started, who the Pantry helps, why the Pantry is important to the community and how you can get involved. There are so many different people, businesses, and organizations that are helping to run the pantry. “It takes the whole community to make this work”, President Jones explains. This is a great reminder to all of us why we need to help in our community. To paraphrase what host Donaldson says, “If you aren’t motivated to help after listening to this podcast, then you probably should stop listening.” This is a must listen to for all of our current volunteers or prospective volunteers, as a reminder of the pantry’s mission and the importance of serving the community.Continue reading

Buffalo Trail Elementary School “Weighs In” on Food Recovery

lunch-thiefThis past school year, the students and leaders of the Buffalo Trail Elementary School CASA after school program began a lunch time food harvest. Their goal: to recover more pounds in food than the body weight of the all the CASA students combined. This was no small task as the students, led by CASA Supervisor, Susan McClanahan, weighed approximately 3,030 pounds.

McClanahan explained that the CASA leadership was inspired and encouraged by school staff and the Buffalo Trail parent liaison to implement a food recovery program. McClanahan and fellow CASA leaders, Lisa Butler and Marine Lazareva, went to work to achieve the goal. They began by inspiring kids with a book called The Lunch Thief, by Anne C. Bromley. The book tells the story of a new kid at school that is stealing food from lunches. The book’s main character determines that the thief is living with his family in a hotel and has lost his home in a wildfire. That knowledge changes how he feels about the thief and they begin a friendship. The CASA students discussed the book and reasons why people might not have enough food. They also discussed ways that they could help people in need.Continue reading

June 5th Fundraising Gala

South Riding Women BusinessWe are grateful to South Riding Women in Business for sponsoring a Charity Gala to benefit the Pantry. This will be a wonderful night of hors d’ouevres, beverages, and networking wrapped in a festive Derby theme. So, don your snappiest Derby regalia, have a little fun, and give back by providing for those in need.

Sunday, June 5th, 2016, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
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Crossroads Jobs Helps Dulles South Food Pantry Support Guest Self-Sufficiency Goals

crossroadsTucked away in their office in downtown Leesburg, the unassuming staff of Crossroads Jobs, led by Carol Smith, changes lives. Through the job placement organization, Crossroads Jobs, Smith has assisted nearly 200 people in regaining control of their situations by finding jobs that help them on the path to earning living wage in Loudoun County.

“We really strive to get our clients to the point that they don’t need public assistance,” said Smith. “It’s really expensive to live in Loudoun County, and it’s a journey for many to be able to get to that point.”Continue reading

Dulles South Food Pantry Celebrates Two Years from Inspiration to Operation

Pantry Distributed 150,000 Pounds of Food and Helped 270+ Families since Opening

February 24, 2016 ― Dulles, Va. ― Just two years ago, the Dulles South Food Pantry (DSFP) was a only concept, but in its inaugural community meeting on February 24, 2014, local residents, churches and non-profit organizations rallied around the idea, pledging volunteer and financial support. Since that time, Pantry volume has exploded: the Pantry distributed more than 157,000 pounds of food donated from the community and aided more than 1,168 unique guests since its doors opened in June 2014.Continue reading

DSFP is Grateful for Ongoing Support

As 2015 closes, I am grateful for your support of the Dulles South Food Pantry (DSFP).  It is my good fortune, and blessing, to have been the President of the DSFP since it opened in June 2014.  New volunteers frequently hear during orientation that volunteering at DSFP is my antidote to watching the news. The Pantry displays the very best of humanity. The gifts of time, talent, food and money, freely offered by volunteers and supporters, are beautiful to witness. The gratitude, perseverance, and grace of the Pantry’s guests, in the face of sometimes overwhelming challenges, are equally beautiful.Continue reading

Liberty Elementary School Packs on the Bling!

Through the leadership of their teachers, the 2nd grade students at Liberty Elementary school went out of their way this year to help the pantry during their lesson on economics. This year, the students designed, manufactured, packaged and sold “back pack bling” and contributed the proceeds of their endeavors to the pantry. The “bling” are key chain-like clips that can be attached to back packs and have a variety of sayings on them. Our favorite is one designed with a heart that says “Liberty Supports DSFP”.The kids created the designs, manufactured the bling and then sold them for $1 to students, parents, and teachers.

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