Waltonwood prospective resident Oliver Carroll (left) and Executive Director Justin Roberts drop off food during the Community Church Food Drive.
In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Waltonwood Ashburn is partnering with Community Church to host a food drive for people in need. Community Church operates Messiah’s Market, a self-selection pantry that helps provide families with nutritious meals.
The food drive started March 1 and will run until March 31 to help support families and seniors in the community. The nearby food banks provide meals to about 12 percent of the local population and the Waltonwood residents want to give back as much as possible, said Executive Director Justin Roberts. The goal for this food drive is to collect 1,000 pounds of food.
Members of the public can stop by Waltonwood Ashburn (44141 Russell Branch Parkway) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to drop off food donations. All non-perishable items will be accepted, however, there is an urgent need for jelly, cereal, rice, canned fruit, and ready-made soups, Roberts said. Waltonwood will hand deliver the items each week to Community Church.
The food drive was organized after future Waltonwood residents expressed a want and need to volunteer, Roberts said. This cause hits close to home as the senior living community understands that seniors facing economic challenges and living on a fixed income are forced to decide between groceries or prescription medication, which can be extremely costly.
Roberts said the budding senior living community is passionate about this project and eager to help people get nutritional and balanced meals. This partnership is just one of several efforts from the community, and Roberts said he expects Waltonwood will continue to have an annual volunteer project.
Waltonwood Ashburn will open later this year and expects to have 148 residents by the time the community is finished building.