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

July 2015 Newsletter – Pantry Recognized by the Virginia State House of Delegates

back-pack-bling-ramadan-matchThe Virginia State House of Delegates agreed to House Resolution No. 295, commending the Dulles South Food Pantry, on February 27, 2015 in Richmond. We are so honored and would like to thank Delegate Ramadan for introducing the resolution. In May, he and the administration and staff of Liberty Elementary School presented the commendation to the pantry at a special ceremony. Liberty also presented the pantry with $800 in funds as a result of their Back Pack Bling program, and Delegate Ramadan matched their contribution with an additional donation of $400. You can read more about Liberty’s Back Pack Bling on our website’s June Blog. Stop by the pantry any time to see the commendation certificate, which is proudly displayed. We are so appreciative of the support of all levels of the Dulles South Community, from the youngest students to our State Legislators. To see a summary, go to www.virginiageneralassembly.gov and click on bills and resolutions and type in hr295. Thank you!Continue reading

June 2015 Newsletter – Pantry Offers Summer Supplement

summer-supplementDue to the generosity of the Dulles South community, the pantry will be offering a supplement for school aged children and their families this summer. The supplement will be available to families with children on June 20th, July 18th, and August 8th from 9am-10:30am. The supplement will include breakfast and lunch items which are normally provided to children through the school system during the school year. We don’t want to see any child go hungry over the summer and we greatly appreciate the generosity of our community through monetary and food donations to make this program possible. If you would like to help support this program, we are in need of canned fruit, boxed cereal, and other non-perishable breakfast and lunch items.Continue reading

May 2015 Newsletter – 100 WOMEN STRONG Awards Grant to DSFP

100-women-strongWe are pleased to announce that the pantry was one of 10 recipients of grants from 100 Women Strong. The mission of 100 Women Strong is to enhance the lives of the citizens of Loudoun County by combining powerful financial strength and philanthropic passion for giving. It provides funding to address key issues relating to shelter, health, hunger, and education that are facing residents of Loudoun County. The pantry received $1500 and the funds will go toward the purchase of signs, food, software and other necessary items to operate and expand the pantry. To learn more about them and the many organizations they support, please visit their website at 100womenstrong.org.Continue reading

April 2015 Newsletter – May 2015 Designated HUNGER AWARENESS MONTH

10153247_262574627257696_195652877667638072_nThe “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor” (LYNFYN) food drive is in its fourth year! Please mark your calendar for May 2, 2015 in preparation for this multi-faith food drive, which will benefit six local Loudoun food pantries including the DSFP. This drive is an initiative of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors who have also designated May 2015 as Hunger Awareness Month. Numerous community sponsors support the drive and nearly 90,000 lbs of food was donated last year. For more information on how you can participate, go to www.lynfyn.org, like their Facebook page at Love Your Neighbor Feed Your Neighbor – Dulles South, or follow them on twitter at @LYNFYN2015.Continue reading