The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Loudoun Hunger Relief to form the base funding for a mobile pantry vehicle that will feed thousands more in need.
The grant will help Loudoun Hunger Relief raise the additional funds needed to buy and outfit a vehicle that will serve people in their neighborhoods, officials said.
The mobile pantry will travel to areas of high need in Loudoun County. Loudoun Hunger Relief anticipates an additional 2,000 people will be served by the mobile pantry. These are families who, due to lack of transportation, cannot come to the Leesburg pantry location, officials said.
“Claude Moore has long been interested in improving the delivery of human services in Loudoun. Loudoun Hunger Relief’s mobile pantry will do just that, providing food, the most basic of human needs, to people where they are,” J. Hamilton Lambert, CEO of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, said in a prepared statement.
Jennifer Montgomery, executive director of Loudoun Hunger Relief, said everyone at Loudoun Hunger Relief is grateful to the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for the "transformational grant." She said she anticipates completing the funding needed by mid-summer and purchasing the vehicle in the fall.
"We hope to be in operation by this time next year, providing food to people in their own neighborhoods in areas of our county that have the most need," Montgomery said. "We’ll be putting the brakes on hunger in Loudoun.”
Loudoun Hunger Relief is also soliciting donations to complete this project. The organization needs approximately $135,000 to buy and outfit the mobile unit. Residents interested in learning more can do so by visiting loudounhunger.org.