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
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.
It 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.
As the school year comes to a close, we’d like to recognize the amazing impact area schools have have had in helping the Pantry to feed local families and kids. Area schools donate to the Pantry through food drives and food recovery programs as well as partner with us on our Friday Food Packs program.
This month, we’d like to tell you about a couple of important upcoming events that directly help our local community. Mark your calendars, and please consider donating. Also, you could help us win $1000!
Give Choose is a 24-hour online fundraising event by the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties for local nonprofits. Last year, you helped us raise $500 by tweeting! This year, we hope to win the $1000 prize for the most donations scheduled between April 18 – May 1, 2017.