May 2016 Newsletter – Dulles South Food Pantry Serves as Giving Inspiration: A Guest Story

Since the Dulles South Food Pantry opened in June 2014, it has helped more than 1,200 guests, providing them with more than 150,000 pounds of food.

Nothing shows success more than when Pantry guests open up about the impact the organization has made on their lives―even in unanticipated ways.

For example, a guest recently shared, “Just wanted to say thank you from my family and all of my heart for the help you give us! You have inspired me to help others in need in other ways. More for the homeless and people in severe trouble.”

This guest went on to reveal, “You keep my inspiration going. Feeding my family and holding our heads up is enough for me…. There is someone in need every second of the day.”

Serving as a testament to the Pantry’s tagline, “Neighbors helping neighbors,” this story conveys the sentiment at the core of everything the Pantry does: to serve those in need.

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April 2016 Newsletter – South Riding Women in Business Hosts Fundraising Gala for Pantry on June 5th

In a true display of “neighbors feeding neighbors,” South Riding Women in Business is hosting its first community charity gala with proceeds benefiting the Dulles South Food Pantry (DSFP).
Taking place Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast in Middleburg, Va., the gala will feature a festive Derby theme, complete with networking, hors d’ouevres, and beverages.

The gala is open to the public, and all proceeds support the Pantry. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased online.

“We’re very thankful that the South Riding Women in Business chose the Pantry as the charity beneficiary of its first gala event,” said Charlene Jones, president of the DSFP. “Through this generosity, we will be able to assist more individuals in need.”

South Riding Women in Business is a philanthropic networking group comprised of active business women within the Dulles South area of Loudoun County. For more information on how to join the gala’s diamond-level sponsors, J Beauty Studio andKR Construction, as a sponsor, visit the Gala Website.

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March 2016 Newsletter – Crossroads Jobs Helps Dulles South Food Pantry Support Guest Self-Sufficiency Goals

crossroads-jobDSFP has partnered with job placement organization Crossroads Jobs to provide job counseling services to its guests.

To date, Crossroads has assisted nearly 200 people in regaining control of their situations by finding jobs that help them earn living wages in Loudoun County. The only job placement service of its type in the county, Crossroads provides a comprehensive process for candidates—from orientation to job placement.

“Crossroads offers concrete steps individuals can take to lead them on the path to independence,” said Charlene Jones, president, DSFP. “Our organizations complement each other in extending support to Pantry guests.”

Read our full blog on Crossroads. View more information on Crossroads.

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February 2016 Newsletter – Celebrating Two Years, From Inspiration to Operation

Just two years ago, the Dulles South Food Pantry (DSFP) was only a 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.

“We were nervous before our February 2014 meeting,” said Charlene Jones, president of the DSFP . “We invited the general public and as many organizations as we could find in the Dulles South community, not certain how many, if any would show up. More than 30 people and 10 groups did, ready to dig in and help.”

Today, the Pantry has helped more than 270 families, and the Friday Food Pack program provides weekly bags for more than 100 students at eight schools so they won’t be hungry over the weekend. And those numbers continue to climb. The DSFP has expanded to fill the need, adding to our volunteer base and bringing in more donations thanks to the amazing support of the Dulles South community.
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January 2016 Newsletter – Driving the Extra Mile!

Of all of our amazing and dedicated volunteers, we wanted to highlight the great work of our volunteer driving team, led by our Driving Team Coordinator, Karen Grant.  Karen and the team, of over 24 drivers, are constantly on the move!   The team regularly picks up from four donation locations in Dulles South plus additional locations during the holidays.  They do “dairy runs” to pick up the milk and eggs for each of our distribution nights and pick up food recovery items from our local schools.  Each week, the drivers deliver nearly 100 Friday Food Packs to 8 local schools.   We have several drivers who have been with the pantry since its inception. The top 5 drivers with the most hours, served over 270 hours in the last year.  At times this work can be difficult, lifting heavy boxes from place to place.  In addition, these drivers donate the use of their vehicles and the gas it takes to move thousands of pounds of food to where it needs to go.  Not a week goes by where they are not hitting the road to help our hungry neighbors.   If you’d like to join this awesome team, please contact drivers@dsfp.org.  You will need to complete a Volunteer Application as well as attend a Volunteer orientation session.   Thanks for driving the extra mile!Continue reading

December 2015 Newsletter – Young Men’s Service League

The pantry is pleased to have the support of the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL). The mission of YMSL is to assist, serve, and support those who are in need in our community, develop leadership skills, and promote mother-son relationships. The Loudoun South Chapter is currently serving 9 different Philanthropy Organizations, including the Dulles South Food Pantry, Honor Flight, and Special Olympics of Loudoun County. The moms and young men both have the opportunity to serve and learn leadership skills through holding and participating in meetings throughout the year. Everyone has a role in the organization. Last month, YMSL’s Loudoun South Chapter donated over 235 lbs of food to the pantry. We are pleased and grateful to have their support. For more information about YMSL, see their national website at http://ymslnational.org/ or the Loudoun South Chapter at http://www.ymslloudounsouth.org/.
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November 2015 Newsletter – Shuttle Service Now Available

shuttle-serviceWe are pleased to announce that a shuttle service is available for our guests needing assistance with transportation to the pantry on our distribution Wednesdays – the 1st & 3rd of the month.  The Men’s Ministry team at Christ Church, one of our Faith Supporters, is generously donating their time and the church’s van to help our guests.  Anyone interested in more information about the service or to schedule a ride may contact Mike Stombock at 571-242-7120.   For more information about Christ Church, please visit their website at http://christchurchworship.net/.  The pantry is a multi-faith organization.  For information about becoming a faith supporter, please see our website under the sponsor tab.
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October 2015 Newsletter – Holiday Food Drive

holiday-food-driveThe Dulles South Food Pantry loves food drives! Check out our Holiday Food Drive Flyer on our website for details on what items we need. Donations from food drives can be dropped off at the pantry Monday or Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30am, or Monday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm. Call the pantry at 703-507-2795 or email info@dsfp.org to make other arrangements. Donations may also be dropped off at South Riding Town Hall, Dulles South Multi-Purpose Center, Stone Ridge Carver Center Office, or South Riding Giant. Food left unattended outside the pantry is often damaged by Mother Nature. Please deliver food donations safely, and thank you for joining in Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.
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September 2015 Newsletter – Hunger Action Month

feeding-americaSeptember is Hunger Action Month. The Dulles South Food Pantry is part of Feeding America – a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs.  Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization and is leading the movement to solve hunger and raise awareness. Hunger exists in every community and nearly 1 in 6 Americans struggle to get enough to eat. You can help by supporting the Dulles South Food Pantry with donations of food, money and volunteer time.  This month, why not take action. Learn more about hunger In America and hunger in Dulles South and how you can help by visiting www.feedingamerica.org.
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August 2015 Newsletter – Pantry Mourns Loss of Board Member

Bob LyndBob Lynd, a founding board member of the pantry, passed away on July 13th. Those of us at the pantry truly mourn his loss. Bob’s character, integrity, and grace made a great impression on the people who knew him. Volunteering was a life-long passion for Bob and he was a valuable contributor to the pantry during its opening year. Bob was also active in other areas of our community such as the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department, the Gum Spring Library, Boy Scouts and the Loudoun County Election Board. We will miss Bob’s leadership and guidance and our condolences go out to Bob’s family. As an expression of our thanks to Bob and his work at the pantry, current Board members have donated $265 towards the Backpack program in memory of Bob. Donations, which will be used to sponsor students in the program, can be mailed to the pantry “In Memory of Bob Lynd”. The Arcola Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is also accepting donations in memory of Bob. For more information on how to honor Bob with your donations, please contact info@dsfp.org.Continue reading