Foundation’s Grants Feed Loudoun Students on Weekends

The Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun Inc. recently cut a check for $84,395 to 14 local groups who provide meals to more than 1,600 students in Loudoun County schools.

The grant distribution ranged from $500 to $51,395, depending on the number of students the individual program serves each week.

“BBFL is performing on its mission to fund, facilitate, and educate existing and potential weekend food programs in Loudoun County,” stated Daniel L. Hampton, president and founder of the Backpack Buddies Foundation. “We provide financial donations and a forum for discussion to help ensure that no student goes hungry over the weekend.”

During this next school year, 80 schools and about 3,000 students will receive supplemental food through these programs. The programs, which are open to all students in need, confidentially provide students in need with bags of food to help sustain them through the weekend. In addition to the weekly bag, many programs also send supplemental food prior to winter and spring breaks.

The groups that received donations were the Loudoun Education Foundation/Backpack Coalition Program, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church, St. Theresa Church, Leesburg United Methodist Church, Galilee United Methodist Church, Dulles South Food Pantry, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, Mill Run Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Church of the Holy Spirit, Destiny Church, and Harmony Middle School.

“We are proud of our partnership with the amazing groups and their volunteers who work to provide meals to students in need while working towards our mutual goal of eliminating the current food insecurity issue that thousands of students face daily,” Hampton stated.

He thanked the supporters, including those who attended the foundation’s annual FriendsGiving Fundraiser. “Due to the generosity of the community and their support of BBFL, we were able to more than double the amount of money provided through approved grants this year.”

Learn more about the Backpack Buddies Foundation at bbfloudoun.org or facebook.com/bbfloudoun.

Representatives from the Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun Inc. present a check to administrators at Loudoun County Public Schools. Pictured from left are BBFL Vice President Fred Williams, BBFL Secretary Susan Murphy, BBFL Marketing Director Eva Smith, Loudoun Education Foundation Program Coordinator Kelly Miller, LEF Director of Development Samantha Courtney, BBFL President and Founder Daniel L. Hampton, LCPS Outreach Services Supervisor Grant Schafer, Superintendent Eric Williams, LEF Treasurer Wesley Clark, and Director of Student Services Clark Bowers.
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