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.

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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.

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April 2017 Newsletter – Help our community with inspired giving

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.

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March 2017 Newsletter – Six Tips for a Successful Food Drive

Food drive sign Have you been thinking about hosting a food drive? The Pantry relies greatly on food drives to help replenish our stores. Food drives are held by many local businesses, schools, churches, civic organizations, social clubs, HOAs, and scouting troops like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. These groups truly exemplify our motto of Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, and, with their help, we are able to ensure that food is always available to our neighbors in need.

Click here to read our blog for six tips that will help you organize a successful food drive.

For more information about organizing a food drive for the Pantry, please contact Cathy Garber, our Food Drive Coordinator, at fooddrive@dsfp.org.

February 2017 Newsletter – Did you know? The Pantry is a hub of self-sufficiency services for our guests

The Pantry has developed key local partnerships that offer important services to help our guests on their journey to self-sufficiency.

Crossroads Jobs helps area residents Crossroads Jobs is a free employement service in Loudoun County.to find jobs to earn living wages in Loudoun County. The only free job placement service of its type in the County, Crossroads offers a comprehensive process—from orientation to placement—with resume and interviewing workshops, job search services, and interview coordination with candidate and employer follow-ups. Check out this flyer for upcoming orientation dates. Some of the sessions are held in the chapel at Arcola UMC where the Pantry is located. You can get more information about Crossroads here.

The Mobile Hope bus travels to several Loudoun County locations each month and offers clients medical and dental care referrals, housing referrals, and clothing distributions.Mobile Hope bus servers Loudoun Area residents  At the Pantry’s January 18th distribution, Mobile Hope served over 80 guests, giving out winter coats and boots. We are so thankful to have them visit the Pantry on a regular basis. They will return to the Pantry on March 15th at 5:00 pm. For more information about Mobile Hope, see their website at: www.mobilehopeloudoun.org.

Computer CORE visits the Pantry to share information with our guests about their classes on basic computer skills. Adults over 18 can learn Microsoft Office 2010 as well as skills to find job openings online and write resumes and cover letters. Classes meet twice per week for three hours each from February to June (~20 weeks) at Herndon Computer Core offers basic computer classes UMC, at Connections for Hope in Herndon, at INMED in Sterling, and in five other locations in Fairfax County. Check out this flyer for information about upcoming sessions. Visit Computer CORE online at: www.computercore.org.

January 2017 Newsletter – Community Faith Supporters Contribute Significantly to Pantry’s Goals

As described in our Mission Statement, the Pantry is a non-denominational, multi-faith organization, and we support our Dulles South neighbors in need, regardless of faith, income, or other criteria. The support and partnership of many of our community’s faith-based organizations enable the Pantry’s volunteers to successfully do what we do, whether through direct donations by their congregations or through a variety of volunteer services, such as helping with food distributions, organizing events, packing Friday Food packs, or shuttling guests. As we kick off a new year at the Pantry, it is so important to us to recognize the good works of our Faith Supporters, who contribute significantly to our mission to feed our hungry neighbors. For more details about the many things they do to make such an important impact and to help the Pantry meet our goals, read more here.

For a complete list of our current Faith Supporters, visit the Sponsors section of our Web site. If your faith community is interested in becoming a Faith Supporter, contact us at: info@dsfp.org.

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