In 2017 we served 426 households and 1,524 total individuals. In 2018 we served 384 households and 1,324 total individuals. In 2018 we served 42 less households and 200 total individuals. One per household are the most common that we served and two and four tied for the second most common. The top three counties we served were Loudoun, Warren and Fauquier. We served 463 that were 18 years of age and under, 663 that were 19- 59 years old and 198 that were 60 years of age and older.
We distributed 52,582 more pounds of food in 2018, because of the generosity of our donors and the ability to purchase more food. We successfully launched our Winter Produce Program, to which we purchased fresh peppers, tomatoes, oranges, apples, broccoli, carrots and frozen mixed vegetables from January through April. We also implemented the distribution of fresh milk and eggs to those we serve every week. We became recipients of fresh produce from the JK Community Farm, where we received fresh kale, lettuce, chard, peppers, eggplants, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and even pork! Our local schools, churches, organizations and members of the community have also played an important role in keeping our shelves filled with food we are in need of the most. The support from our community is a huge honor. We also have continued dedicated support from Stone Ridge Harris Teeter, South Riding Giant, South Riding Food Lion, Archwood Green Barns and Warrenton Farmers’ Market donating excess food to our Pantry year after year. Our partnership with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and the increase of food available to purchase has helped tremendously as well.
The outstanding work from all of our Volunteers aided in our success to serve those in need this year, too. Our Volunteers are there every distribution day to help in the Pantry, pick up and drop off food from the grocery stores, help with food drives, bookkeeping, and any odds and ends. Most importantly, we continue to treat those we serve with the upmost respect when they enter the doors of Seven Loaves. We have been told by numerous Patrons that they feel welcomed and comfortable at Seven Loaves each time they receive food and that means a lot to us and our mission. In 2019, we will continue our mission to serve fresh and nutritional food to anyone in need, treat everyone we serve fairly, and keep Seven Loaves a friendly and clean environment.