People and organizations from across the region joined to hand out drive-through free meals in Sterling on Saturday, including Lower Loudoun Boy’s Football League, Founding Farmers restaurants, the Sterling Youth Foundation and its founder, former NFL player Darrell Jackson.
Catch A Meal was organized by April Taylor, founder of the SVE Firm, a strategy firm. Jackson, who played wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos and once held a Seahawks record for receptions in a season, is one of her clients. And after she had the idea, Taylor said, “soon as I posted and started talking about it, so many people wanted to get involved.”
And the program brought together a broad group of people.
Founding Farmers General Manager Erich Stumpe said the restaurants got involved through Last Call, a company dedicated to fighting food waste and hunger through offering affordable meals from local restaurants. Last Call founder Erin McGeoy said she was excited to partner with Jackson and the Sterling Youth Foundation, “as we share the same belief that if you need food, you should be able to access it, no questions asked.”
“It is important for those of us who have the ability to help others come together to reach as many people as we can,” Jackson said.
In addition to cooked meals from Founding Farms through Last Call, volunteers also handed out fresh produce from Prince William Food Rescue, diapers and non-perishable meals provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff Office’s Eastern Loudoun Station, and other COVID-19 supplies thanks to PJ Santiago, President of Santiago Team at KW Capital Properties.
“Seeing what’s going on around in the world today, we just decided to do our part,” Jackson said.
It was only the first Catch A Meal. Taylor said the event will continue through the summer. The event Saturday afternoon saw steady traffic.
“It’s just three o’clock, and we only have two pallets left, and we started off with nine at two o’clock, so don’t tell me there’s not a need,” Taylor said at the event.
“What I’m seeing is that society needs everybody to throw in a helping hand,” said NFLPA DC President Ricky Ray.
“As long as people are in need, we’re going to try to service them the best way possible, as long as we have our partners with us and they’re able to provide us with meals and produce, we’ll keep going as long as possible,” Jackson said.