Reston Interfaith is saving more than $1,000 a month in dairy expenses with the help of the Fairfax County Public School Food Recovery Program.
Local elementary schools are making an impact on our programs by implementing the Fairfax County Public School Food Recovery Program. Six different elementary schools from our area collect unopened perishable and nonperishable foods, which are not consumed during school lunchtimes, and donate them to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. The snacks are also shared with the children at Laurel Learning Center. The donations of milk cartons, yogurts, fruits, and snacks have reduced the Shelter’s dairy order expense by almost $1000 a month.
Reston Interfaith’s Emergency Self-Sufficiency Services Program (ESSP) has been able to save about $250 a month because of the dairy donations. ESSP has been sharing the cheese, juice and yogurts with children coming to after school programs at West Glade Apartment Complex. The Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center has been able to provide approximately 16 children with a carton of delicious and healthy milk for each school day.
Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chris Neighbors with IRS-SPEC, Dave Macklin with the Computer & Communications Industry Association, and Anthony Bedell with the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation joined Reston Interfaith CEO, Kerrie Wilson, for a visit Reston Interfaith’s Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center (HNRC) to highlight VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. With VITA, IRS-certified tax professionals assist lower income individuals in preparing and filing their federal and state tax returns for free while claiming all the credits and deductions for which they are eligible. VITA is one of many services provided at the HNRC, a vibrant and active center where over 3200 instances of services were provided in 2012
These committed supporters make it possible to meet the needs of families and individuals every step of the way.
Jack Anezin for many years of dedicated volunteer service and providing a wonderful pizza party lunch for the shelter clients and staff as a retirement party for the end of his service.
Beloved Yoga for providing instructors to bring yoga classes at our different program sites.
Mike and Hilary Bradley, the Chocolate Chick, for hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and collecting toiletries to help the shelter’s clients
Brownie Troop 3808 of Great Falls for a very successful towel drive.
Congregation Beth Emeth for making a generous donation to support the medical and dental needs of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter clients.
Dogwood Elementary School students and faculty for hosting a wish list drive for Embry Rucker Community Shelter
Floris Elementary School students and faculty for providing a generous donation to purchase books for Embry Rucker Community Shelter client children
Floris UMC for going above and beyond in so many areas this month—food, wish list items, drives, hypothermia prevention meals, overflow meals, extra meal servers, breakfast catering and more!
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1943 for donating 100+ boxes of Girl Scout cookies through their Gift of Caring program.
Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet Volunteers for another successful season where over 5,000 coats and over 2,000 winter accessories were distributed.
Northwestern Mutual volunteers for putting down additional top soil, mulch, and cleaning up the outside of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter as we get ready for spring.
Potomac School Students for volunteering at Laurel Learning Center, and for packing up the Hunter Mill District Coat Closet.
Jeremy Stoppelman for making a generous gift-in-kind donation of clothing and other necessities for clients, in honor of his mother, Lynn Stoppelman, on the occasion of her birthday.
Quick International Courier for donating two refrigerators to the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center.
Thank you to the following organizations and individuals for donating meals, food, including canned, dry and baked goods:
Girl Scout Troop 6349 of Vienna
NOVA Jack and Jill, Inc.