The county’s biggest hunger nonprofit looks set to more than double its space on Miller Drive in Leesburg following a unanimous recommendation from the county’s Finance, Government Operations and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The committee recommended the full Board of Supervisors approve a request to expand the footprint of Loudoun Hunger Relief’s rent-free space in a county-owned office building from 4,700 square feet to more than 10,500, taking over space vacated after the Elections Office relocates. Loudoun Hunger would expand into an area currently used for election office storage space.
The nonprofit is prepared to mount a capital campaign to pay for the buildout, and would take on the cost of maintaining the space.
It’s a partnership that could form the seed of a human services hub, as proposed in a letter to supervisors from Loudoun Hunger Relief executive director Jennifer Montgomery.
“The concept of a Loudoun Human Services Hub has long been a desired outcome for the county and for major funders giving in the county,” Montgomery wrote. She pointed out the county’s recent nonprofit needs assessment recommended a co-located space for human services.
In its current space, Loudoun Hunger Relief is now situated near the Adult Detention Center, the homeless shelter, the youth shelter, a new veterans center, and an extension office. With the expansion, the organization would also provide office space to other nonprofits, sharing resources among those nonprofits.
When the county bought the building on Miller Drive, it took over Loudoun Hunger Relief’s preexisting lease in the building. Assistant County Administrator Valmarie Turner said the county government currently has no other plans for the space.
In fiscal Year 2018, Loudoun Hunger Relief distributed $2.6 million worth and 1.4 million pounds of food to 2,234 Loudoun County households. It has also become a food distribution hub for other nonprofits, and provides fresh produce through a partnership with JK Community Farm.