After 25 Years, Loudoun’s Largest Food Pantry Looks to Do More

The army of volunteers who have helped feed Loudouners in need for a quarter century will do so under a new banner starting today.

Joseph Mydlinski, right, has volunteered at the Loudoun Interfaith Relief pantry for all of its 25 year and was awarded the Presidential Service Medal of Honor.
Joseph Mydlinski, right, has volunteered at the Loudoun Interfaith Relief pantry for all of its 25 year and was awarded the Presidential Service Medal of Honor.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief last night rolled out new branding that the nonprofit’s leaders said would better reflect the organization’s mission.

As Loudoun Hunger Relief, the nonprofit will continue to operate the county’s largest food pantry. But the volunteers and staff will be doing more—expanding efforts to bring food supplies to directly to low-income neighborhoods and offering classes on topics such as nutrition and finance management.

The announcement was made Thursday during a reception attended by volunteers and supporters at the Belmont Country Club to mark the 25th anniversary of the organization.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief was formed in 1991 to better coordinate and centralize services being offered by a number of churches and civic groups around Loudoun and to assist the county government’s social service agencies in filling unmet needs.

Based in Leesburg, the pantry distributes food six days a week. Last fiscal year, Loudoun Hunger Relief provided 1 million meals to more than 11,000 residents and distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of food.

The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to help Loudoun Hunger Relief open a satellite pantry.
The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to help Loudoun Hunger Relief open a satellite pantry.

In addition to unveiling the organization’s new name and logo, board President Carol Barbe and Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery recognized several long-time volunteers. Joseph Mydlinski and Dixie Demory have volunteered at the food pantry for all of its 25 year. They were awarded the Presidential Service Medal of Honor. Also, Leesburg resident Rachel Roberts was awarded the Shining Star Award for her program of selling flowers to raise money for the organization, more than $11,000.

The nonprofit also has established a Good Food Fund to support its programmatic expansions. The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation was among the first contributors, awarding a $20,000 grant to help open a satellite pantry. Integrus Holdings Inc. and Backflow Technology also supported the fund with donations of $5,000 each.

Photo Gallery: Loudoun Hunger Relief Celebrates 25 Years

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