Leesburg-based nonprofit Loudoun Hunger Relief will take its emergency grocery services on the road with its new Mobile Market.
Beginning service on Nov. 18 at a central location in Sterling, the new "pantry on wheels" will serve neighborhoods with high need and limited access to transportation in the hopes of making good food accessible to all Loudouners. It will be housed in an 18-foot van complete with refrigeration, a freezer and food shelving.
People in need will also be able to visit the vehicle in lieu of LHR's brick-and-mortar location in Leesburg. The Mobile Market's service will be appointment-based; appointments can be made for Nov. 18 starting by calling 703-777-5911.
Seed funding for the project was provided by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, nonprofits 100WomenStrong and the Sterling Women Giving Circle, as well as a number of individual and family donors. First-year operation funds are provided by the Dulles Greenway Drive for Charity.
LHR has served more than 6,000 Loudoun citizens this year with emergency groceries from its Leesburg pantry location, amounting to more than 1.2 million pounds of food, nearly one-third of which has been fresh produce. About 40 percent of those served are under 18, and another 13 percent are senior citizens.
More information on LHR is available at loudounhunger.org.