Loudoun Interfaith Relief mark its 25th anniversary with a cocktail reception on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Belmont Country Club.
In 1991, the Loudoun County Department of Social Services called a meeting of individual area food “closets” that were primarily operated by area churches to serve emergency needs of residents. With limited hours of operation and staffing, access to supplies under that system was unreliable. The Social Services staff proposed that the food closets combine their resources and volunteers to form a central food pantry.
LIR has been serving the Loudoun community ever since. In 1991, Loudoun’s population was approximately 90,000 people; that has quadrupled over the past quarter century to more than 370,000 people. The organization served a dozen families a week in 1991; today 50 to 80 families a day visit the pantry. During the past fiscal year, LIR served 11,000 individuals through 73,000 pantry visits, distributing 1.2 million pounds of food.
During the Sept. 29 anniversary reception the LIR board of directors will share the details of its strategic plan with supporters.
“We are so proud of the quarter century of service completed by LIR this year. Throughout the years, our volunteers, donors, and community supporters have truly made a difference in thousands of lives,” Pantry Board President Carol Barbe stated. “We look forward to gathering together, celebrating the past and looking forward to the future. We’ll also have a surprise or two in store for those in attendance on September 29.”
The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at interfaithrelief.org.