Loudoun Hunger Relief launched its Mobile Market service to the Sterling Park neighborhood of Loudoun County in the fall of 2019. The Mobile Market was originally designed to provide the same groceries as a visit to our Leesburg pantry, but to serve our neighbors right in their own neighborhood. When the COVID shutdown hit in spring of 2020, need for our Mobile Market service expanded rapidly. LHR mobilized to meet that need and more. Since April 2020, we have been rolling our Mobile Market service to Sterling Park and Sugarland neighborhoods in eastern Loudoun on a weekly basis, as well as providing service to Purcellville twice a month. The Mobile Market was providing weekly groceries to nearly 500 families a week at the peak of the pandemic in neighborhoods worst hit by pandemic related job-loss and stress. Continue reading “LHR at Sugarland Elementary–Mobile Market Service Beyond Food”
It’s 2020, so we don’t have to explain why the Loudoun Empty Bowls event was completely different this year. Instead of a celebratory end of summer night out at the lovely Stone Tower Winery with friends and family, we had a two night drive through bowl pick up.
There were hundreds of air hugs, and lots of quick catching up among people who haven’t seen one another in a long six months. Puffy clouds floated through a sky dimmed by smoke from far away fires, making for a spectacular sunset tinged with all the worry, grief, and angst of 2020. People were glad to come to the mountain to give help to those in need, and gather up a bit of hope for themselves.
Beauty in the midst of this very difficult year is very welcome. Here are a few photos of the loveliness that is Loudoun Empty Bowls. Let’s hope for a return to gathering and shared community next year. In the meantime, we’re grateful for the helpers, the doers, the pot throwers and decorators who contribute to Loudoun Empty Bowls and the effort to feed those in need.
What a start to 2020! The play on words is a little tired by mid-January, but we’ll go with it anyway. A corporation with a vision for thriving communities has embraced Loudoun Hunger Relief’s vision for a community in which everyone has access to adequate, nutritious food. We see only good things to come. Continue reading “2020 Foresight! Microsoft in action at Loudoun Hunger Relief, #Neighbors@LHR”
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”
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 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.
As a non-profit, we are constantly seeking funding from those who believe no one should be hungry in Loudoun County, and from corporations and foundations whose missions and visions align with ours.
100WomenStrong is one such funder. They are truly #Neighbors@LoudounHunger.
The JK Community Farm was founded in May of 2018- with the help of JK Moving Services- to provide people in our region facing food insecurity with fresh, organic fruit, vegetables and protein. In 2019 the JK Community Farm will donate 113,000 lbs of locally grown, chemical-free food – 63,000 lbs of produce, and 50,000 lbs of natural beef, pork, and venison. Continue reading “LHR Partner Corner: JK Community Farm”