For 26 years, Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) has served as Loudoun County’s primary emergency food pantry, providing food assistance to the hungry and food insecure in Loudoun. From the first humble storefront in the Virginia Village Shopping Center to the current two warehouse operation, the goal has always been the same: To ensure that no one in Loudoun County goes hungry.
In early 1991, The Loudoun Department of Social Services called a meeting of churches from Loudoun County to present an idea for a central food distribution center. Many congregations had food closets, but it was sometimes difficult to reach them and find a steady source of food. From that meeting a core group of dedicated volunteers was formed and in the coming months, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit was created. A space was donated and food service distribution began in November 1991.
Through multiple locations, thousands of volunteers, donors and food drives, tens of thousands of people helped, LHR has been there for Loudoun.
Our volunteers, supporters and staff continue to be united by a commitment to offer support and solutions to several groups of people: (1) the working poor whose income is insufficient to cover basic necessities, (2) the unemployed, (3) the senior or the sick who cannot compete in the workplace, and (4) the homeless who have no income and cannot afford a roof over their head.
Loudoun Hunger Relief:
- Established in 1991
- Largest food pantry in Loudoun County
- Provides food to prepare three nutritionally-balanced meals for three days
- Non-food items provided on an as-available basis
- Trained staff and volunteers utilize the food pyramid to design healthy meals
- Several staff members are certified food handlers
- Requires clients to provide Loudoun County proof of residency (or referral) and identification
- Affiliated with the Blue Ridge Food Bank located in Winchester, VA
Loudoun Hunger Awards/Recognition
|Loudoun Chamber of Commerce
Loudoun Chamber of Commerce
|Small Business of the Year – Finalist
Non-Profit of the Year
|Best of Leesburg||Social Service & Welfare Organization||2011
|NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams||2009|
|WRIC – Channel 4||12 Days of Giving||2007|
|Catalogue of Philanthropy||Featured Nonprofit||2005|
|Loudoun Volunteer Services||Outstanding Volunteer Organization||2004|
|Loudoun Volunteer Services||Outstanding Volunteer Team(Wednesday Morning)||2003|