Successful Food Drive
Over two tons of non-perishable items were collected by Orange County Democrats for distribution to clients of the Love Outreach Food Pantry and the Lions/Lioness Wilderness Food Pantry in the county on the 2021 MLK National Day of Service. The Food Drives were an opportunity to support our community and help address food insecurity exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic in the county. There is no single face of food insecurity as it affects all ages, ethnicities, and household compositions. The National Day of Service celebrates and honors the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Volunteers from the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club assembled near the entrance to the development and were kept busy between 9:00 and 1:00 as they collected $420 and received and sorted over 3000 pounds of donations that were then trucked to the Wilderness Food Pantry in the Locust Grove Town Center on Rt. 20.
Orange County Democratic Committee volunteers staffed the Love Outreach Food Pantry in the Town of Orange where over 1000 pounds of donations were received. They extended their original schedule to receive additional donations. The Love Outreach Food Pantry is located at 252 Blue Ridge Drive, Orange.
Volunteers also included members of The Youth (Orange County High School Young Democrats Club) and a student fulfilling her community service requirement.
Though the shelves and storage of the pantries may be well stocked now, please consider them for future donations, particularly while the economy is floundering, and the Coronavirus is restricting fulltime employment.
Thanks to the outstanding leadership of Jen Heinz, Rick Clore, and Ellen Wessel for organizing, staffing, and publicizing the Orange County Democrats’ 2021 MLK Day of Service.