As of October 2015, 17% of the children attending Loudoun County Public Schools qualified for a free or reduced priced lunch. This is a true indication of the poverty that exists in our community. Each month, there are thousands of people in Loudoun County relying on food assistance programs to put food on the table for their families.
While Loudoun County is one of the most affluent counties in the country, hunger is more common than anyone can imagine. Many of the people that need food assistance in our community are families with children and high costs of living in such an affluent community, have made it difficult for many to afford their basic needs.
Some find it difficult to believe, but there are many people in our community who must make choices everyday between having enough to eat and buying the medicine they need, or gas for their car to even get to work. Others find they must choose between paying utility bills or grocery bills.
While students at Loudoun County Schools were gearing up for their 2-week winter break, School Nutrition Services partnered with Loudoun Interfaith in the Leesburg area, LINK in Sterling and Tree of Life in Purcellville, to donate perishable food items to help fight hunger in Loudoun County. On the last day of school, SNS staff members worked together to organize all food items that could be donated before closing their kitchens for the winter break.
All perishable food items were taken to 10 school sites on December 18, 2015 and were picked up for distribution at the specified food bank that week. Schools donated items such as fresh produce, yogurt, milk, and bread.
LINK received approximately 25 pounds lettuce, 2 pounds of celery, 4 pounds of bell peppers, 13 pounds of fresh apples, 100 individual bags of apple slices, 5 gallons of milk, 400 cartons of milk and 240 oz. of yogurt were donated to the food bank.
These donations helped to provide families in Loudoun County with the same quality food items that their children receive for school breakfast and lunch at home.
For more information on how you can help those in need in your local community, please contact our partners.