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“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” — 1 John 1:7 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by

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Next Steps for Food Backpack Programs

On March 16, 2013 over 60 providers, school administrators and community stakeholders involved in food backpack programs met at a workshop hosted by Galilee UMC in Sterling, VA. The purpose was to share lessons-learned and explore possible next steps in serving Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) students who are facing food insecurity and other needs. In preparation for the workshop, Embrace Loudoun developed and administered a survey of LCPS principals, school liaisons and other involved personnel to obtain feedback on how well needs were being met, to seek suggestions for improving service and to strengthen community partnerships. The following presentation summarizes the survey findings and statuses coverage.

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Food Backpack Programs Flourishing

A group representing school partnerships at over 25 Loudoun County public schools met on July 10th at Catoctin Elementary school in Leesburg, VA. The participants shared many stories about how food backpacks were helping to curb hunger for hundreds of students. The meeting also focused on lessons-learned and networking to improve service. The following points highlight what has been working and challenges. Future posts will address plans for ongoing collaboration by the group.

What’s working:

Personal relational networks have been the most effective in communicating needs and connecting into food donors. Listening and being dependable in meeting any needs expressed by school officials. Maintaining 24/7 drop-off points for food donations. . . . → Read More: Food Backpack Programs Flourishing

Community Needs Being Served Through Public Schools


Representatives of churches and others in the community met on July 10th at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, VA to share stories and lessons-learned in providing food backpacks and meeting other needs of students and families in the communities served by over 25 Loudoun County public schools. The food is collected from donations and distributed to students to supplement free and reduced breakfasts and lunches provided at the schools for consumption in evenings, weekends and holidays. The other needs being addressed include reading & math buddies, tutoring, remedial or enrichment work, homework help, adult English Language Learning, recreational activities, family life coaching, transportation, medical, meeting other physical needs, . . . → Read More: Community Needs Being Served Through Public Schools