Food For Thought

Loudoun Interfaith Relief's News & Events ~ November 2014

A Time To Be Thankful...

As we enter this season of giving, please take a moment and think of your neighbors who are less fortunate. We wish we could say that this is our greatest time of need, but truthfully, hunger doesn't take a holiday or vacation - it's constant. We all seek the day when nobody is hungry, no child goes to bed with an empty stomach, no family wonders where their next meal is coming from. Until that day you and LIR will be there for them. Give to a family in need. Thank you!

Please Help!! $10 Grocery Gift Cards Needed!

The national average cost for Thanksgiving Dinner this year is $50! That's a large expense for some of Loudoun's food insecure families. We need your help to provide 2,000 meals to your neighbors in need.

Please help us collect Thanksgiving Food and $10 Grocery gift cards!

Items most in need are:

  • Gravy
  • Boxed Potatoes (mashed, scalloped)
  • Stuffing
  • Green Beans
  • Other Vegetables
  • Cranberry Sauce/Canned Cranberries
  • Cornbread/Biscuit Mix
  • Boxed Desserts (Pie filling/crusts, brownies, cakes)
  • $10 Grocery Gift Cards to local, Loudoun grocery stores

Donations are accepted at the pantry:

750 Miller Dr, Suite A1, Leesburg

M-F 9:00A - 4:00P

Sat 9:00A - 12:00P

Can't get by the pantry? Donations can also be made online:

Want to run your own food drive? We'll help you!

We'd like to have all of the donations in by November 15th for Thanksgiving Distribution. Obviously, we appreciate all donations year round as hunger knows no season.

Scouting for Food - National Capital Area Boy Scout Food Drive

Saturday, Nov. 8th, 8am-5pm

All over Loudoun County!

Each November, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and leaders of the Goose Creek District of the National Capital Area Council take to the neighborhoods of Loudoun County in support of Scouting for Food. The mission of the service project is to collect food items that will be given to families needing assistance within their local communities.

Started in 1988, the Scouting for Food project is Scouting’s “Good Turn” to the community. The Boy Scouts are responding to the ever-increasing demand for basic needs assistance. Collecting a large stock of non-perishable food goes a long way to meeting the emergency food requirements of local agencies, not only during the holiday season, but well into next year. To make the food drive a success, Scouts not only go door-to-door collecting food: they understand that their job is not over when they finish collecting the food. Many Scouts log additional community service hours working in the collection sites, unloading vehicles and bags, and sorting the food donations. At some of the donation sites food is repackaged within a week for distribution to their clients – no small task considering the large volume of food collected.

Please fill the bags that the Scouts leave for you by Friday, November 7th for them to pick up early Saturday morning.

Congratulations to LIR! Finalist for Loudoun Chamber's Small Business of the Year!

LIR has been named a finalist for The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of The Year in the Nonprofit Category. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on November 7th!

Wegman's Care About Hunger Event

Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 12am to Sunday, Dec. 14th, 12am

101 Crosstrail Blvd

Leesburg, VA

Wegmans Leesburg and Dulles Stores are supporting LIR during the holiday season with their Care about Hunger Drive!

Wegmans has been supporting LIR for 10 years in Loudoun County!

When you check out, you can choose to donate $1, $5, $10 or any amount you choose to LIR. Be sure to ask your cashier to help you donate!

Harris Teeter Harvest Feast Food Drive and Donation Card Campaign

Saturday, Nov. 1st, 5pm to Sunday, Nov. 30th, 7pm

19350 Winmeade Dr

Leesburg, VA

Harris Teeter proudly supports hunger-relief agencies in each of its marketing areas. Please join us this month during Harvest Feast to help feed America’s hungry.

Join us this month to feed Loudoun’s hungry by making a $1, $5 or $20 donation at your local Harris Teeter. Your donations will directly benefit Interfaith Relief.

Shop at any of these Loudoun Harris Teeter Stores and give to LIR:

Lansdowne: 19350 Winmeade Dr Leesburg

Brambleton: 42415 Ryan Rd Ashburn

Stone Ridge: 42015 Village Center Plaza, #110 Aldie

Ashbrook Commons Plaza: 20070 Ashbrook Commons Plaza, Suite 151 Ashburn

Moorefield Station: 43315 Crandall Square Ashburn

Broadlands South: 43300 Southern Walk Plaza, Suite #130 Ashburn

East Gate Marketplace: 25401 Eastern Marketplace Plaza, Suite 150 Chantilly

Goose Creek Village: 42780 Creek View Plaza, Unit 150 Ashburn

Purcellville: 105 Purcellville Gateway Dr Purcellville

Freeze Your Gizzard 5K Race

Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early this year and take the opportunity to have fun, exercise, and perhaps win a turkey as you freeze your gizzard at Ida Lee Park! The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, is hosting the 11th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Runners of all skill level are invited to join us for this cross country style race. More Information and to Register

Thank you to our sponsors: Cardinal Bank, Dr. Deidra Kokel DDS, Giant Food, Backflow Technology, Engle, Paxson & Hawthorne Insurance, SolutionWorx, ME Flow, Dragoon Technologies, Luckstone

Welcome to our new Executive Director - Jennifer Montgomery

Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) is excited to welcome a new executive director! Jennifer Montgomery comes to LIR by way of Loudoun Cares and began her leadership role on September 8th!

A Loudoun native, Jennifer lives in Leesburg with her husband and two children. When asked about taking over the helm at LIR, Montgomery said, "What an honor and privilege to lead such an important organization in Loudoun. You can't do anything if you're hungry, so feeding people is the top priority. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity."

Have a suggestion or idea? Reach out to Jennifer at (703)777-5911 or email her

About Loudoun Interfaith Relief

Loudoun Interfaith Relief is a 501C(3) nonprofit based in Leesburg, VA. Our mission is to feed those in need in Loudoun County.


Help feed a needy Loudoun County family today! Our model is unique. We provide food for families to make breakfast, lunch and dinner for 3 days. Families may receive our service twice a month.

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