In Middleburg, Seven Loaves Services has been helping residents in need since the start of the pandemic as local families struggle to put food on the table.
Operating out of the back of the Middleburg United Methodist Church on N. Washington Street, the food pantry does not require an appointment or referral.
“We know that there are many families in Middleburg and the surrounding areas that are struggling to put food on their tables. Hopefully, we can provide them with sufficient groceries to get through this pandemic so that no one goes hungry,” Middleburg Mayor Trowbridge “Bridge” Littleton said in a statement.
As food insecurity in the area has increased, the town has been partnering with BAC Dumpsters, Trinity Episcopal in Upperville, the Middleburg Safeway, and the local business community to collect food for Seven Loaves Services.
Offices and retail shops in Middleburg also have started putting out containers for residents to drop off food donations.
During the holiday season, a truck will be parked at the Safeway as the town promotes a “Fill the Truck” donation effort. Sponsored by BAC Dumpsters and other community partners, the town said it hopes to donate a “literal ton of food” to Seven Loaves Services.
Located in a part of Loudoun known for its horse farms and millionaire homes, the town of Middleburg, with a population of 840, has a median household income of about $54,000 a year, about 60 percent less than the county average, according to the town.
Founded in 1994, Seven Loaves Services, a partner of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, provides food to anyone, no questions asked. “We are very grateful to have this support from the Town of Middleburg,” said Seven Loaves Services Director Carleigh Underwood.
“As the pandemic continues, the demand for food continues to grow and this support will help us to be able to continue to feed individuals and families,” Underwood said.
As part of the current donation drive, food will be collected in Middleburg for Seven Loaves Services through Dec. 20. Residents and businesses also can make a financial donation at www.sevenloavesmiddleburg.org.