On May 2, 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May as Loudoun County Hunger Awareness month.
Pantry President, Charlene Jones, was on hand to witness the signing of the proclamation.
The proclamation recognizes that 17,000 people in Loudoun County (or 4.7% percent of the population) were identified as “food insecure” or hungry last year; and, 69% of those people did not qualify for government assistance. Food pantries see a decrease in contributions over the summer months when families no longer have the security of school-based food programs. With the decrease in donations and increase in need, local food pantries are stretched thin, and by April, they are wondering how they will provide for everyone. Declaring the need to raise awareness of this critical issue, the Board of Supervisors hopes to encourage our citizens to come together to lend a hand.
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