March is National Nutrition Month. This is a good time to remember Loudoun Hunger Relief provides not only food, but also information to help families make tasty and nutritious meals. LHR is proud to work alongside partners such as Five Stone Institute and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Loudoun County Office to provide nutrition education to the community. This week’s spotlight is a video from our Cooking on a Budget Continue reading “Loudoun Hunger Relief Focuses on Good Nutrition”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen lots of different brands of community generosity. One of the ways people have been generous is toilet paper donations.
From the beginning, when TP was not to be had, we’ve gotten donations of it here and there. We’ve held them for our most vulnerable populations–our elderly and disabled shut ins.
Now that the TP is rolling again, we’re seeing donations of all sizes. This is what was on our shelves yesterday. Who knew TP was made in such variety!
We have had to make changes to our operations to comply with all CDC guidelines. We’re calling it the six-foot shuffle. We will probably have to make further adjustment as the CDC comes out with new information in the days to come, so please bear with us as we pivot. There’s plenty that has changed inside the pantry, but here’s what the public needs to know:
- We have changed our food donation procedures. Donors are asked to drop their donations off in a marked bin in the parking lot, or for fragile items, on a table next to the donation bin. For everyone’s safety we are maintaining six feet of distance between people. For this reason, we are currently unable to offer receipts for food donation. Staff cannot assist in unloading donor vehicles. We aren’t being rude, we’re just following the guidelines for public safety and social distancing. We’re asking donors who are unable to unload their own vehicles to please hold their donations for a happier day to come.
- We have suspended our volunteer program. There was no way to continue and still meet CDC distancing guidelines.
- We have changed our service delivery procedures. After careful consideration, we have moved to an all appointment service model effective March 23, 2020 and until further notice. Families and individuals should phone 703-777-5911 to make an appointment to pick up food.
Our hours of service have not changed, but we are asking all who need food to call to make an appointment so that we can maintain a proper number of people and safe social distancing at all times. We have asked that people arrive at their appointment times, and remain in their cars to be served.
We are minimizing person to person contact by collecting needed information from families in need of food by phone at the time they make their appointment.
We are further minimizing person to person contact by delivering pre-packed grocery orders curbside. This eliminates our ability to customize grocery orders unless there is a serious reason, such as a severe allergy.
We are beyond proud of our Executive Director, Jennifer Montgomery, who took home the 2020 Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Executive Leadership Award.
Jennifer, a Loudoun County native, leads every day from the head and the heart, with the best interest of our community at the center of all she does. Her career and life journey illustrate her core beliefs in the dignity of all human beings, and the power of community. Continue reading “Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director Honored with Nonprofit Executive Leader of the Year Award”
As 2019 draws to a close, Loudoun Hunger Relief is so grateful. For nearly 30 years, we have been the conduit between generous people in our wonderful Loudoun community and our neighbors in need of help.
We learn something every day about the limitless goodness of people. Our donors provide for those in need–those they do not even know–with open hearts. Our volunteers provide hands-on service with humble hearts and gentleness. At LHR, we have the privilege of seeing all that generosity act in the lives of those we serve.
We hear about the family who has lost everything and is rebuilding. We hear about tragic accidents, desperate illnesses, job losses, bad luck, and everything in between. But we also see the striving, the effort to make better lives for treasured children, the hard work and the gratitude.
LHR is grateful to everyone who walks in our door, whether to give or to receive. And we wish everyone the joys of this season, and the best of the new year.
The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Dulles Greenway Drive for Charity
Funded in part by Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant funds administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services.
Sterling Women Giving Circle
Individual, Family and Corporate Donors from our generous community–Donors like you!
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.
Continue reading “LHR Partner Corner: Loudoun County Elections and Voter Registration”
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.
- Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter. We’re @LoudounHunger.
- 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
- Bring in a food donation. We post our most needed items each Wednesday on Facebook and on this blog.
- Donate money: We can buy food at wholesale prices, and we can target purchases to exactly what is needed each week.
- Contact your local officials to advocate for hunger relief in our community.
- Wear orange on Hunger Action Day, September 12, 2019.
We invite you to be one of the #NeighborsatLHR–neighbors helping neighbors.