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The mission of Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Inc. is simple, yet critically important to the lives of thousands of residents in Loudoun County: Feed the hungry by providing emergency food assistance to those in need and promote client self-sufficiency to any person or family living in Loudoun County. Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Inc. was established in 1991 by dedicated and compassionate volunteers who were united by a commitment to offer support and solutions to the working poor, homeless, and borderline homeless. As the level of poverty has risen over the years, so has the amount of families and individuals we help. This past year, about 10,000 families, including thousands of children, were served by Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Inc. We offer assistance six days a week. In order to receive our services - we simply ask that an individual or family provide proof of residency in Loudoun County and picture identification - we ask no other questions. We are proud of the fact that we are the largest and the only nutritious food pantry in Loudoun County. We are also fortunate to be able to provide and share our food with several local organizations and programs. Two small food pantries - Seven Loaves in Middleburg, Virginia and Messiah's Table, the Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter, the Warming Shelter, The Transitional Living program; Holiday Coalition; Madison House, the PATH program, Mental Health and Mental Retardation have received our support throughout the years. We are very grateful for the generosity of the community to help us help those in need. As the hungry reach out to us, we know we cannot provide this remarkable standard of care without the support of the community and we are forever thankful.
Last year hundreds of volunteers donated nearly 9,000 hours of their time at Loudoun Interfaith Relief. They came from churches, civic groups, and corporations--many were individuals who simply felt a strong calling to help in any way they could. Hundreds of other county residents, groups, and organizations donated money, food, or life skills expertise (and in many cases, all three!) to help Loudoun Interfaith Relief meet the needs of Loudoun County's less fortunate.
We are a friendly, fast-paced, and dynamic group. The jobs we perform can be rather physical and very busy. The reward, however, is immensely gratifying and worthwhile!
- Pam Ritmiller
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