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.

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.

September 2017: Partnering with local schools

If you’ve ever volunteered at your child’s school, you’ve surely seen the amount of food that is wasted during lunchtime. So much of what is purchased or sent with school children for lunch is thrown away unopened or uneaten. What if there was a way to save that valuable food for our neighbors in need? Read more about the Food Recovery Program in this month’s newsletter.

 

Food Recovery

July 2017: Sharing the bounty: Local garden donations provide fresh, healthy food to our neighbors in need

Fresh produce in basketIt is important at the Pantry for us to help our guests take advantage of fresh produce in the summer months, and we are working to build key relationships with local farms to provide critically needed fresh food to our guests. Local farms and residents, including Willowsford Farm and families who garden at the Ticonderoga Farms community garden, have been making valuable contributions to the Pantry by sharing their excess harvest, which helps us to provide fresh, healthy food to nourish our hungry neighbors who desperately need it.

Read more in this month’s newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter – May is Hunger Awareness month in Loudoun County

On May 2, 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May as Loudoun County Hunger Awareness month.

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Hunger Awareness Month proclamation

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.

Read more in this month’s newsletter