Loudoun Hunger Relief distributed 119 tons of food to people in need in the month of May, the nonprofit reported last week.
And they did it with less than half as much help as usual—due to Centers for Disease Control guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit has had to drastically reduce the number of hours their volunteers serve. While in a normal month the hunger nonprofit would see more than 1,000 volunteer hours, in May they had only 435 volunteer hours.
Those 119 tons of food, according to the nonprofit, equate to 3.5 tractor-trailer loads of food. The pantry distributed milk, eggs, meat, fresh produce, and shelf-stable food as well as diapers, wipes, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, gloves, masks, and pet food both at the pantry and through community partners.
The pantry itself served 3,141 households, more than 14,000 people. Sixteen percent of those households were new in May.
It is also an increase from April, in which the nonprofit distributed 102 tons.