LHR Partner Corner: Loudoun County Elections and Voter Registration

Fun Fact: Guess who has offices right next door to the pantry? That’s right! The Loudoun County Elections and Voter Registration Office. We asked our next door neighbor to give us the scoop on elections in Loudoun, and they were kind enough to contribute this guest blog post. If you aren’t registered for the Nov. election, get that done by Oct. 15!

The Loudoun County Office of Elections works year-round to ensure that citizens of our beautiful county have a safe and pleasurable voting experience with the utmost integrity, transparent reporting and accuracy.
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September is Hunger Action Month–What will you do to end hunger in our community?

The month of September is Hunger Action Month each year. Hunger Action Month was created to involve and motivate the community to join forces to have a greater impact in the fight against hunger.

Hunger Action Month is a Feeding America initiative. Nationwide, food banks and food pantries use awareness campaigns during the month of September to better help the people we serve. Everyone in the community is urged to join the team to fight hunger.

Here are a few concrete ways you can help.

  1. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter. We’re @LoudounHunger.
  2. Use social media to share hunger facts with your social following and tag us in the post. Watch our social media for posts you can share! #LoudounHunger or #NeighborsatLHR
  3. Bring in a food donation. We post our most needed items each Wednesday on Facebook and on this blog.
  4. Donate money: We can buy food at wholesale prices, and we can target purchases to exactly what is needed each week.
  5. Contact your local officials to advocate for hunger relief in our community.
  6. Wear orange on Hunger Action Day, September 12, 2019.

We invite you to be one of the #NeighborsatLHR–neighbors helping neighbors.


LHR Partner Corner: The Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been active in Virginia since 1972. With a mission focused on “Promoting and protecting the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont,” it is easy to see how agriculture plays an important role in the organization. In 2013, PEC was gifted 141 acres at the crossroads of Routes 15 and 50, which at one point had been threatened by a large residential and commercial development proposal. The property became known as Roundabout Meadows.

The Roundabout Meadows property in 2017 before PEC broke ground on the Community Farm.

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#Neighbors@LHR: LHR Helps Me Move Forward

“Kathleen” is back in Loudoun after living in Florida for awhile. She is living with her mother, and has her three pre-school children at home with her. It’s crowded, but they’ve been making it work. Her mom watches the children while Kathleen clocks 40-60 hours a week at two separate part-time jobs. It’s hard to keep all the schedules in place. Her primary employer doesn’t release the week’s schedule until Sunday afternoon. Then she has to work in as many hours as she can in from her second employer. Some weeks work out better than others.

Recently, Kathleen’s mother was hospitalized. In addition to the stress and worry that brought, Kathleen also had to pay for babysitting, and there hasn’t been much money left over from her paychecks. She knew she had to hold onto her jobs, but after rent and childcare, there was nothing left. She started coming to LHR, and through the generosity of our community partners and donors, we were able to send her home with enough food to help her family through the week. She comes to see us about once a month now, right when the rent is due and the money runs out. Her mom is out of the hospital, and back on her feet.

Kathleen’s family is getting the help they need. She told us “This is helping me move forward, keep my jobs, and take care of my family. Thank you to all the people who help families like ours. I know that things will get better for my family as long as we keep trying. Everyone at LHR makes it easier to ask for help when we need it.”