This isn’t your usual movie list. These films are hard to watch, hard to take and have messages that are hard to hear. But they are windows into a world that too many of our neighbors live in every day. Continue reading “Film Suggestions to Learn More About Hunger in America”
The emergency food system in the US is a complex system of food sources and distribution networks. This link is a great resource for an overall explanation of how the Feeding America food bank network functions across the country.
This post is a necessarily simplified version that explains specifically how food comes to Loudoun Hunger Relief. Continue reading “The Complex Emergency Food System: Feeding America, Food Banks and Food Pantries”
It’s spring of 2021, and things are looking up for most of us. People are starting to get vaccinated, kids are starting to spend more time at school, and the weather is brightening. But for the families we serve, it’s not so fast. Continue reading “Not so fast….”
Last summer, Loudoun Hunger had a dream. We had expanded our produce program to accept more and more from our grocery store partners, our farmer’s markets, and our farm partners. We had such healthy abundance! We were able to supply fresh produce directly to the families we serve in the pantry, PLUS we were networking with partners in the Loudoun Food Providers Network and other partner direct service agencies to get produce in the hands of families in Loudoun who don’t or can’t come to the pantry.The program was great, but needed to be better. We had a dream of an expanded partner distribution program that could reach even more people in need. We needed WAY more temperature controlled produce storage space, and we needed bins and containers specifically designed to transport various types of produce, particularly delicate tomatoes. Continue reading “The Big Green Produce Machine”
Loudoun County is fortunate to have one of the lowest rates of food insecurity in the country, but the impact to our community is still sizable. 3.4% of our estimated 412,000 population, or an estimated 14,000 people, lack the resources Continue reading “Hunger Action Month: Some Loudoun County Stats”
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.
For those who are trying to volunteer at Loudoun Hunger Relief, we’re sure you’ve noticed that we have a “good bad” problem. We have so many people who want to volunteer that our current shifts and opportunities can’t accommodate everyone. And it’s frustrating for you and for us! Continue reading “Volunteering at LHR: Our Good Bad Problem”