Employees of the Dulles Greenway dedicated their work day today to feeding their neighbors.
First, they presented a check for $6,000 to Loudoun Hunger Relief, the county’s largest food pantry. Then, they rolled up their sleeves and helped the food pantry team deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to families at the Sterling Library.
The delivery was one of Loudoun Hunger Relief’s pop-up markets, in which fresh food brought from the pantry and the JK Community Farm, as well as canned goods, are distributed to the community.
Visitors to Sterling Library were invited to load up on everything from pineapples and oranges to eggplants and lettuce.
Erika Huddleston, associate director of Loudoun Hunger Relief, said 12 people were waiting in line before the pop-up market officially opened and three of them had never heard of Loudoun Hunger Relief.
“This is good outreach,” Huddleston said. “Anytime we do these popup markets it gives our partners a chance to support our community, but more importantly we’re able to get fresh food out to communities that have a difficult time getting to the pantry.”
Terry Hoffman, Dulles Greenway’s public and customer relations manager, said when he and his colleagues were talking with the food pantry staff about presenting them with the check, they figured maybe they could lend a helping hand as well.
“This is a great way for us to give back to the community,” he said, while handing out fruit at the pop-up market.
He was joined at the event by Dulles Greenway CEO Greg Woodsmall, as well as Dulles Greenway maintenance workers, accountants, operators, and other administrators.