Loudoun Interfaith Relief Gets $20K Surprise from General Mills

The staff at Loudoun Interfaith Relief got the week off to a great start this morning with help from General Mills.

It was a $20,000 great start.

The food pantry was selected as one of 70 organizations nationwide to receive grants as part of General Mill’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Former Loudoun Interfaith Relief volunteer presents the General Mills donation to Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery.
Former Loudoun Interfaith Relief volunteer presents the General Mills donation to Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery.

LIR was selected through a vote by General Mills employees following a nomination by Kent Wilson, a lobbyist at the company’s Washington, DC, office. A former Ashburn resident, Wilson was a regular Thursday night volunteer at the food pantry, helping to assemble bags of food for some of the 17,000 clients served by the organization in 2015

Wilson said his involvement as one of LIR’s 350 volunteers gave him an up-close look at the hidden need among families in the nation’s wealthiest county as well as behind-the-scenes insight into the charity’s well managed operation.

Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery was excited by the surprise grant—for the organization and for her volunteers. She said the donation could be well timed to support a special community initiative this summer. She was not ready to release the program’s details.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief will celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall.