The Catch A Meal Program recently hosted its largest community giveaway to date at Sugarland Elementary School where volunteers fed more than 1,000 families.
Organizers loaded food boxes, toys, diapers, coats, wipes, blankets and supplies into more than 800 cars. Other visitors carried items in food carts and wagons to their nearby homes.
The program’s mission is to serve communities in areas that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.
“While Loudoun is known to have the highest median income in the nation, many in our community still struggle to support their families and this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic,” Supervisor Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian) said in a prepared statement.
Briskman thanked members of Moms Demand Action and other volunteers from around the area supported the effort. The program was led by meal program founder April Taylor and former Washington NFL player Darrell Green.
Last year, the program and its partners provided more than half a million pounds of fresh produce and boxes to impacted communities around the country, including Sterling, Manassas, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D), who represents the Sterling area and was in attendance, said he was happy to see residents support one another during a challenging time.
“The Catch A Meal team has been very active in the community throughout the pandemic with weekend food drives and giveaways. It was truly an honor to see local hero Darrell Green serving the Sterling community. I believe that we will have a great community partnership for years to come,” Saines said.
Leadership from The Catch A Meal Program is discussing plans to bring the next giveaway experience to children who are homeless or disabled. To learn more about the program, visit catchameal.org.