Location: Mount Vernon neighborhooods
Contact: Will Shute at at MtVernonfooddrive@gmail.com
The annual "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Food Drive in Mount Vernon neighborhoods has been extended through the end of July, to give more streets and neighborhoods to participate! This effort is a a community-led food drive organized this year by West Potomac High School Junior Will Shute, through St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Collections this year are already surpassing last year's totals of 2,500+ pounds and $2,500.
"The primary object is to get food for children, so they aren't hungry over the summer, "Many students in our area depend on the free school lunch program for their sole meal of the day, " explains Will. "In summer, these children cannot count on that lunch -- and they often go hungry. I heard about this problem, so I decided that as neighbors to these children, we should try to help stock the food pantry with kid-friendly food for the summer. Parents of these children come to UCM for food for their family, which saves their limited budgets for other necessary expenses."
How You Can Help: Will is looking for neighborhood volunteers to sign up and solicit food donations on their streets, which are then picked up or dropped off on a certain day, by June 30. Will has a sample food drive flyer which can be used as is or customized: Download flyer (MS word) >> Financial donations can be accepted as a check (payable to UCM) or make a donation via credit card. Be sure to write "Neighbors Food Drive" on the check memo line or in the online form's comments field, so your gift will count for this drive.
Please give generously if you are asked to contribute, and please help spread the word! If you would like to get involved to volunteer -- including teens for community service hours -- Will says he would appreciate the help. Contact Will Shute at