Our March Weekend Food for Kids packing event was another great success. Our 23 members were joined by 33 Dominion employees, and 12 community volunteers, including friends from Didlake and first-timers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Through this program, we work to ensure that students have food over the weekend, when school-provided meals are not available.  They can better focus on learning when they’re not hungry.

Our monthly collaborative food-packing efforts are not only impactful, they are also fun events for all participants.  We usually can pack the 1720 bags of food in about an hour and they are delivered to 6 elementary schools in Prince William and Fairfax counties.  Bob Kovacs attended our January food packing and produced a 2-minute clip that showcases both why and how we pack so many bags of food for this important program.  Watch below to learn more about this program:
Over the past two months, we also delivered clothes to 3 schools as part of our New Clothing for Kids program. Based on specific requests from counselors, we provided 74 T-shirts, 28 pairs of leggings, and 38 pairs of sweatpants.  We will soon begin delivering spring and summer-weight clothes, as requested by the schools. In addition to food bags and clothes, we also delivered a total of 77 grocery gift cards to 8 schools in March.

We greatly appreciate the support of our volunteers and community partners.  Together we make a significant difference in the lives of the students we serve, by providing the essentials they need:  food and clothing.  When students’ basic needs are met, they have more self-confidence and can achieve more in school.