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Leesburg Community Kids Get Summer Breakfasts

Loudoun Interfaith Relief and Leesburg’s R.O.C.K. program partner to provide meals for school-age children.

Post Date:06/21/2016 3:19 PM

Leesburg, VA (June 21, 2016) – Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) is committed to relieving food insecurity in Loudoun County. During the summer months, many children do not get the breakfasts and lunches they receive throughout the school year. LIR is partnering with the Town of Leesburg’s R.O.C.K. (Recreation Outreach to Community Kids) program to provide breakfast and snacks to school age children and their siblings. The program serves The Fields of Leesburg, Evans Ridge, Heritage Square and Fort Evans neighborhoods in Leesburg.

Beginning on June 20, 2016, and running through August 18, 2016, at 9:00am four days a week, volunteers and staff from LIR will be on site with R.O.C.K. staff providing breakfast items including yogurt, milk, cereal, fruit, granola bars and more. On Mondays and Wednesdays, meals will be provided at Evans Ridge and The Fields of Leesburg. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, meals will be provided at Heritage Square and Fort Evans.

“Approximately 13,000 Loudoun students are qualified for free or reduced breakfast/lunch. We know that during the summer, some kids experience hunger because they are missing out on these school meals.” explained Jennifer Montgomery, executive director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief. “At LIR, we give additional food to school aged families throughout the summer, but we wanted to reach the kids in their neighborhoods. Partnering with R.O.C.K. is ideal because they have existing relationships with these families and understand the need. It’s really a perfect match because we are trying to get kids to make better food choices and ROCK gets them outside playing and having fun, which is also helping them live a healthier lifestyle.”

Loudoun County Public Schools have eight summer meal program sites where children ages 18 and under can eat breakfast and lunch for free. In Leesburg, Frederick Douglass Elementary School, located at 510 Principal Drummond Way, will be open from June 20 through August 5 for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast will be service from 8:00am to 9:30 am and lunch from 11:30am until 1:00pm. For more information, visit www.lcpshealthycafe.org.

Loudoun residents in need of food assistance can visit Loudoun Interfaith Relief two times each month. Loudoun’s largest food pantry, LIR served 17,000 Loudoun residents last year and provided 1.3 million pounds of food. 43% of those served are children. For more information, visit www.interfaithrelief.org or call 703-777-5911.

The Town of Leesburg’s R.O.C.K. program is a partnership between the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Leesburg Police Department. The goal is to provide positive recreation and leisure experiences through after-school and summer programs. This is a free service for youth who reside in the program neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.leesburgva.gov/rock.

Media Contacts:
Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer
barnett@leesburgva.gov 
703-771-2734

Jennifer Montgomery, Loudoun Interfaith Relief
jmontgomery@interfaithrelief.org