Hunger is an invisible problem in Loudoun County, and the needy are often people you wouldn’t expect, according to Jennifer Montgomery, executive director of Loudoun Hunger Relief.
“You don’t know if it’s your neighbor, your friend, your loved one. You just might not know who may be hungry,” board president Carol Barbe said at the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration earlier this month. “That’s why I’m so passionate about this organization and the great work everyone does.”
Throughout its history, Loudoun Interfaith Relief — now Loudoun Hunger Relief — has worked to be part of the solution to hunger in Loudoun County.
The organization revealed the new name and re-branding at the anniversary celebration. Its food pantry served more than 11,000 individuals through 73,000 visits in its last fiscal year, and almost half were children, according to the group’s website. Relief also distributed over 1.2 million pounds of food and served an average of more than 70 local families per day.
… 95 cents of every dollar donated goes to community services.
Just recently, the organization received more than 2,600 pounds of food from the grassroots effort of Ashburn Cares, a group of nearly 100 Ashburn residents who have come together to address food needs in the county. The drive was a joint effort between Ashburn Cares and the Indian-American community of Ashburn, and was timed to coincide with and celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It followed a successful spring drive that gathered more than 3,000 pounds of food and generated $20,000 in gifts.
“It has been such a blessing to be a part of this effort. Our neighbors have come together once more to fight food insecurity in Loudoun County through donations to Loudoun Hunger Relief, and in doing so, we celebrate the life of Mahatma Gandhi, a champion of peace and human rights,” Ashburn Cares organizer Ken Courter, said.
Loudoun Hunger Relief, located at 750 Miller Drive, Suite A-1 in Leesburg, is always looking for food donations and volunteers, and proudly asserts that 95 cents of every dollar donated goes to community services.
“In 25 years of service, thanks to our amazing community, we have always had food to give to those who need it. Now we are striving to reach beyond hunger into health, with access to adequate, nutritious, fresh food for all Loudoun residents,” Montgomery said.