Over 14,000 children in Loudoun County are food insecure. What does this mean? That they may not know where their next meal is coming from. As the wealthiest county in the United States we find this statistic troubling and unfathomable.
Our story began in January 2011 when we learned that teachers at a local school were reporting their students had little to eat at home over the weekend and holiday breaks. We quickly responded to this need by launching the Backpack Buddies Program, which provides weekend and holiday meal packs to Loudoun County students receiving free or reduced-price school meals. Each year, our volunteers pack and distribute over 15,000 meal packs to our six partner schools.
But we know that we cannot do this alone. We are fortunate to live in a community that cares so deeply for the children in our own neighborhood. We invite you to join us in our efforts to ensure that every child has nutritious meals when school is not in session.