Loudoun Hunger Relief celebrated the work and dedication of its volunteers during a reception Sept. 20 at Sunset Hills Vineyard near Purcellville.
Nearly 70 of the charity’s 300 volunteers attended the appreciation event, put on with the help of Sunset Hills Vineyard’s Diane Canney; Paula Kiley of Seasoned to Taste, who provided the food; and Rachel Roberts, who provided flowers.
Special recognition was given to volunteers who reached the five- and 10-year service milestones this year. Tom and Kathie Hudeshave served in the pantry for 10 years. Shinobu Carlson, Paul Christopher, Tom Ciolkosz, Rose Ann Domenici, Ann Doss, Forrest Doss, Sam Doss, Stuart Doss, Mohamed Elrefai, Sandra Simpson, and Bernhard Stamm have all given five years of service.
“Without our volunteers we would not function. Each person who volunteers at LHR brings such value and commitment,” said Jennifer Montgomery, executive director of Loudoun Hunger Relief. “Last year our volunteers provided the service equivalent of six full time employees, with a value of nearly $250,000. Through their commitment thousands of people in Loudoun received needed groceries…”
Loudoun Hunger Relief presented its Shining Star Award to Ashburn Cares, the grassroots organization that provides food and fund drives for Loudoun Hunger Relief. Ashburn Cares has collected more than 11,000 pounds of food and raised more than $25,000 for the food pantry since it formed two years ago. The next Ashburn Cares food drive is Monday, Oct. 2.