Scouting for Food Collection Ramps Up

Loudoun’s largest annual food drive will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, but collections efforts begin this weekend.

Area Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops on Saturday will distribute white plastic collection bags to homes around the county. The bags are preprinted with instructions of a list of food items needed to replenish the stockrooms of eight area food pantries. They’ll come back the next Saturday to collect donations and deliver them to eight collection sites around the county.

“These donations could not come at a better time each year,” Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery said. “Often, we are able to start using the scouts’ food the very next week to restock items such as cereals, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, and meats, such as tuna.”

The donations will be transported and sorted by the scouts at Catholic Charities, Leesburg; the Dulles South Food Pantry, Arcola; LINK, Sterling; Loudoun Hunger Relief, behind the South King Street Rite-Aid in Leesburg; Messiah’s Market, Ashburn; Seven Loaves, Middleburg; Tree of Life, Purcellville; and the Western Loudoun Food Pantry, Lovettsville.

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  • 2016-11-04 at 4:48 pm

    The volunteers at the LINK Food Pantry in Sterling thank Area Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops for their great efforts. Without Scouting for Food, LINK could not provide the below listed support to needy families in our community.

    LINK, founded in 1972, has been helping Fairfax and Loudoun county residents for 44 years. Our annual Holiday Programs have been assisting residents since 1985.

    LINK is an all volunteer organization comprised of a dozen churches who make up the back bone of the organization. We deliver food to families in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn Tuesday – Saturday throughout the year. We give financial assistance for utility and rent assistance through Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning. We also rescue food from 5 Fairfax County and 6 Loudoun County schools and share this bounty with our daily deliveries, as well as several low-income/senior housing complexes. Our Mobile Food Pantry program has been around since 2012 and has distributed more than 348,000 pounds of food to area residents.

    Please see some numbers from 2015 calendar year –

    Deliveries – 958 deliveries, providing 93,050 pounds of food for 3,722 people; $19,380 in grocery gift certificates
    Financial Assistance – $23,828 in financial assistance to 75 families for rent and utilities
    Food Rescue Program – 21,000+ pounds of food rescued from trash cans in area schools
    Mobile Food Pantry – 1,483 families (6,972 individuals) received 81,000 pounds of food
    Holiday Program – 712 families received food in November and December to last 3 – 5 days
    2,900+ used winter coats, pairs of gloves and mittens and about 850 additional winter items were collected and distributed to 400 eligible families
    1800+ children received two new toys
    $41,305 in grocery gift certificates were distributed.

    LINK is a tale about two counties. God bless our Loudoun and Fairfax communities!

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