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!

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All Hands on Deck

Volunteer Spotlight: Our thanks to Karen Grant for coordinator our driving team and for all the many drivers who are bringing food to and from the pantry each week!

Volunteer Needs: Please see the Volunteer page for current volunteer opportunities and the volunteer training schedule.  If you’ve been to training and receive our SignUp emails, check back in the SignUp system often as new positions are added regularly!

Food Drive Stars: Thanks to American Heritage Girls, AOL, Arcola Volunteer Fire Dept, Baby Miss Virginia, Cedar Lane Elementary School, Dominion Center for Behavioral Health, East Gate Orthodontics & Moms Run This Town, Paul VI Catholic School, Girl Scout Troop 4884, John Champe Feed the Need Club, Kids R Kids, Lenah Run Neighborhood, NV/Ryan Homes, Pediatric Dentistry of SR, Pleasant Valley UM Preschool, South Riding Cross Fit, South Riding Proprietary and Top Golf. They raised over 5000 lbs last month.

Make A Difference

We are thankful for all the individuals and organizations that donated to the pantry this month. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please click on the DONATE button on the right side of this page.

Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to our business sponsors!

Platinum: Giant, Harris Teeter
Gold: Food Lion, Ross Dress for Less
Silver:
One Hundred Women Strong, Cardinal Bank, SFMC Inc., Van Metre & Walmart.

View the list of our faith and community sponsors.

Board Highlights

Make sure to like us on Facebook (Dulles South Food Pantry) and follow us on Twitter (@DSFoodPantry) for all the latest updates and happenings at the pantry.  As a reminder, the pantry follows the LCPS weather closing schedule and as such, the pantry is closed if schools are closed.

The Pantry is low on:

  • Canned Chicken & Other Protein
  • Cans of Pineapple
  • Small Bags of Rice
  • Cereal Bars
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Single Serve Shelf Stable Milks

Coupons – Leave unexpired coupons and clippings in a plastic bag at any of our drop off locations. We can use these!

Please consider dropping these items off at one of our many drop off locations such as the South Riding Giant, South Riding Town Hall, Dulles South Multipurpose Center, Stone Ridge Carver Center or during pantry drop off hours.

How YOU Are Helping

In December 2015, the pantry

  • Received 166 guest visits at 2 distributions
  • Served 467 family members from 103 households
  • Distributed 12,752 lbs of food
  • Had 145 Volunteers log 6786 hrs

Save-the-Date

January 30, 8am: Board Meeting; Public Comment: 8am-8:15am

February 8, 8am: New Volunteer Training

February 20, 9am: New Volunteer Training

February 22, 7:45pm: New Volunteer Training

March 7, 11am or 7:45pm: New Volunteer Training

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