LEF - Loudoun County Public Schools Backpack Coalition Program

Our program provides family-style meals to food-insecure students and their families to ensure they have enough to eat on the weekends.

This is the OFFICIAL FB page for the LEF - Loudoun County Public Schools Backpack Coalition Program. The LEF - LCPS Backpack Coalition Program is a District approved supplemental program to an existing school's program when funding/or food is not available. Under the guidance of the Office of Outreach, the LEF- LCPS Backpack Coalition Program will also provide start-up support for any school that is in need.

Mission: Loudoun County Public Schools began a new program called the LEF - LCPS Backpack Coalition in support of the existing school programs. Under the guidance of the Office of Outreach, LEF - LCPS is collaborating with 100WomenStrong, Loudoun Education Foundation, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and our partner, Palmercare Chiropractic to ensure no child goes hungry. The LEF - LCPS Backpack Coalition's goal is to ensure 100 percent of the families that need our support receive food the weekends and extended breaks, allowing children to focus on their studies instead of their growling bellies!

[01/21/19]   Reminder that tonight's pack is a closed event.
Thank you.


February 2nd Canteen

If you are looking for another way to help the food insecure in Loudoun...

The Salvation Army of Loudoun is looking for assistance for their "Feed the Hungry of Loudoun" program on February 2 2019. We need prepared / donated food. Please see the Sign Up Genius link to see what is needed.


signupgenius.com Come help The Salvation Army's "Feed the Hungry of Loudoun" program on February 2nd! All food items must be cooked and delivered to The Salvation Army on February 2nd at 3:00 pm. Please drop food items at the canteen in the parking lot.  Address: 10 Cardinal Park Dr., Leesburg, VA 20175 Phone Nu...

[01/14/19]   VOLUNTEERS-
Even though schools are closed; tonight, Monday the 14th, is an OPEN pack!
448 S. King St. Rear left of Rite Aid building, up the wooden ramp.

[01/11/19]   Notice to Volunteers:
This Monday, the 14th, is an open pack. Walk-in volunteers are welcome.

Monday, the 21st, is a CLOSED pack.

[01/07/19]   Tomorrow, Monday the 7th, is an Open Pack, walk-in volunteers welcome at 6pm.
448 S.King St. Leesburg, rear left of the Rite Aid building, up the wooden ramp.

[12/02/18]   VOLUNTEERS:
Tomorrow's pack, Monday the third, is a CLOSED packing event.

This Giving Tuesday please consider donating to LEF-LCPS Backpack Coalition. Every 5 dollars provides a weekend meal bag to a food insecure child in Loudoun Co. Public Schools. Your support helps feed growing minds!

[11/26/18]   Tonight, Monday the 26th, is an Open Pack. Walk-in volunteers welcome at 6pm.
448 S.King St. Leesburg, rear left of the Rite Aid building, up the wooden ramp.

[11/05/18]   Tonight is an Open Pack, walk-in volunteers welcome at 6pm.
448 S.King St. Leesburg, rear left of the Rite Aid building, up the wooden ramp.

We want to thank MOMs Club of Leesburg South for volunteering with the Backpack Coalition in October.

WHAT: Food sorting at the warehouse
Teenagers can earn service hours.
(Please bring your club service forms with you for authorization.)
WHEN: This Thursday, Oct.25th from 6-8 pm.
WHERE: 448 S. King St. Leesburg (Rear left of Rite Aid building)

[10/19/18]   VOLUNTEERS-
This Monday,Oct. 22nd is a closed packing event.

[10/15/18]   TO VOLUNTEERS,
Tonight's pack, Oct. 15th, is a CLOSED event.
We welcome the charity team from Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Janelia Research Center
and Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun Inc.

WHAT: Looking for 5 or 6 volunteers to help unload pallets of food for our program. Lifting cases of food.
WHEN: This Thursday, Oct.11th at 3 pm.
WHERE: Our warehouse- 448 S King St. in Leesburg. In the rear, left of the Rite Aid building.

Please respond to this post if you can help. Thank you!

[09/21/18]   Loudoun Hunger Relief volunteer opportunity tomorrow! Earn service hours sorting food donations. Two sessions: 9am-12 and 12pm-3 @ the warehouse, 448 S. King St. Leesburg. The event is in the rear left of the Rite Aid building, up the wooden ramp and beyond the double doors. Please come support the food insecure in our community.

[09/21/18]   TO OUR VOLUNTEERS:
This Monday, Sept. 24th
is a CLOSED pack.
We welcome our walk-in volunteers back on Oct. 1st.

[09/14/18]   This Monday, Sept. 17th, is an open pack. Walk-in volunteers are welcome.

6-8 pm @ 448 S. King St. Leesburg

(We're in the rear left of the Rite Aid, up the wooden ramp)
Teens who need service hours, please bring your club forms with you.

The Backpack Coalition received 3000 meals thanks to Fitwize 4 Kids Ashburn! Great job, kids! Your caring and hard work can be the difference for a food insecure student here in Loudoun County. Keep up the good work!

Thank you, BBFL for your continued support of our program and your dedication to help food insecure children in Loudoun County!

Last week we were honored to be able to present a check for over $50k to LEF - Loudoun County Public Schools Backpack Coalition Program. This amazing program distributes weekend food to over 30 schools & 1200 students every week during the school year.

We are so grateful to be able to give in this way. THANK YOU so much to everyone who supports us all year, especially at FriendsGiving. You have made this possible!

Pictured from left to right:
Fred Williams (VP BBFL), Susan Murphy( Secretary BBFL), Eva Smith (Marketing Director BBFL), Kelly Miller (Program Coordinator LEF-LCPS Backpack Coalition), Samantha Courtney (Director of Development LEF), Daniel Hampton (President & Founder BBFL), Grant Schafer (Supervisor, Outreach Services LCPS), Dr. Eric Williams (Superintendent LCPS), Wesley Clark (Treasurer LEF), Clark Bowers (Director of Student Services LCPS)

After a fabulous year of volunteers, we want to give a special thanks to the Loudoun Retired Teacher Association members for their unwavering support of our program. Every week they help pack, deliver and unload provisions. Their efforts in continued support of LCPS students is admirable and appreciated.

Thank you Business Benefits Group, Inc. (BBG)!

Wow! We are so humbled and thankful for all those who joined us for Saturday’s Hunger Project in partnership with Generosity::Feeds! We had 180 volunteers who brought amazing energy, big smiles, and helping hands to pack 12,000 meals in well under two hours! At the end of our packing party, the meals were distributed to almost 40 local schools who have food impoverished children in need. What an incredibly empowering morning!

Special shout outs to KSJ & Associates, Inc, Oakton Family Dentistry, Citizant, Data Works, Chartis Federal, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Federal Account and Reporting, The Pediatric Group, Air Force Aid Society, Blue Ridge Partners, and Agile3Tech Solutions for spending your mornings with us!

#bbgcares #bbggivesback #thankful #foodforthought #backpackbuddies #hungerproject #kindness #fairfaxcountypublicschools

Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties

May 1 is Give Choose, Loudoun's day of giving. Join your neighbors in supporting local nonprofit. Even a little goes a long way to help so many in need.

Grateful to Arcola Bible Church and Generosity Feeds for donating 9500 meals to the program. After packing all of those meals, they even loaded the vans! Everyone went above and beyond. Thank you!

What a wonderful event this past Saturday @ Loudoun County High School. Thank you to Destiny Church Leesburg and Generosity::Feeds for your gift of 9,000 meals! The community turned out to combat food insecurity by packing meals that will go directly to Loudoun County students served by our program. What a wonderful event!

This past week's awesome volunteers from the 4H Club and local schools. Your hard work is helping provide food to 22 Loudoun County Public School weekend meal programs. Thank you!

More wonderful volunteers to thank! Great job Temple Hall 4H Sheep Club and NJROTC!

The 4H Leaps & Squeaks Rabbit & Caby Club did a great job packing this past week's meals. Thank you for all of your hard work!

A big THANK YOU to TCG for packing meal bags for Loudoun County students! Volunteers are the backbone of our program and we are so grateful for your participation!

Thank you to Dominion Energy for packing over 700 meal bags and giving the Backpack Coalition a jumpstart on our meals for the new year! Your volunteer support is invaluable to our recipients. Thank you.

The Backpack Coalition is so appreciative of our volunteers. Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 70026 and Loudoun Aces Baseball 11U team for all of your hard work packing meal bags for food insecure students in Loudoun County Public Schools!


Kaylie’s family can’t afford a refrigerator. Johnny dreams of eating meals somewhere other than a shelter. Here’s a candid look at hunger in America, explained by three kids living in “food-insecure” homes. (From FRONTLINE)


Donate to the Loudoun Backpack Coalition

During this busy holiday season, we ask that you remember those students in Loudoun County Public Schools that benefit from the weekly Backpack Coalition meal bags. The Coalition is currently packing over 900 meal bags, weekly, to sustain food insecure students over the weekend. Your generous donations enable the Backpack Coalition to purchase food stuffs to sustain this valuable support. Please consider making a gift to feed not only empty bellies, but growing minds. Thank you.


loudouneducationfoundation.org Last year, one in six Loudoun County school children qualified for free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunches. Today, the County's programs are funded to support about 40% of the families in need. Many students rely on school meals for breakfast and lunch. It is difficult during weekends and...

**Schedule Change**
To our fabulous Volunteers-
We will return Monday, Nov. 6.

Thank you to ASURION for purchasing, packing and hauling over 800 meals to benefit food insecure students in the Loudoun County Public School system!

[10/12/17]   We want to thank Brownie Troop 2394 for helping us pack over 800 bags this week. Great Job!

To our wonderful volunteers,
There will be NO Monday night packing on OCTOBER 23rd or NOVEMBER 2Oth. Please make a note.

Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun Inc.

The Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun (BBFL), a Backpack Coalition partner, is now selling tickets for their annual gala.
Enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, raffles and auction items while benefiting food insecure children in Loudoun County Schools.
FriendsGiving 2017
November 10th @ River Creek Club
Registration is now open! Take advantage of our early bird special now through October 10th!


Hey Folks!
Registration for our 3rd Annual FriendsGiving is in full swing! Thanks so much to all of you who have purchased your tickets already!!

We are so excited about this year's event! 🎉🎉🎉
We have some amazing live and silent auction items lined up and we will be posting some of the details soon! (Also you can go directly to our website where we have already started posting details for some of the live auction items, with many more to come!
Direct link is here ➡️ https://www.silentauctionpro.com/publicdonationslist.php?group=1057&event=1778)

PLEASE Come join us on November 10, 2017 at River Creek Club for an evening of FUN to benefit Loudoun County children!!!

"Early Bird" pricing is available NOW until October 10th.

Get your tickets HERE ⬇️

[10/09/17]   Thank you to the children of UUCS - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling for using your helping hands to pack over 100 meal bags for our weekend meal program!

[10/03/17]   Backpack Coalition wants to thank St. James Episcopal Church of Leesburg for the donation of 538 pounds of food! Thank you for your generosity and commitment to enriching our community. We are grateful!

Thank you to Tata Communications Inc. for generously supporting our program and joining us to pack the first Backpack Coalition meals of the school year! Great job!


Mendoza Passes the Torch as Backpack Coalition Gears Up for School Year

For the last four years Barbara Mendoza has been the face and force behind the success of the Backpack Coalition. It is with great thanks that we say goodbye and good luck to her in her new endeavors. Loudoun County is better for your efforts, and we will continue to build upon your good work, supporting food insecure students in our school system. THANK YOU!


loudounnow.com The woman behind much of the Backpack Coalition's success since its inception almost four years ago is moving on, but leaves the nonprofit in capable hands at the start of a new school year. Barbara Mendoza has provided much of the administrative power behind the Backpack Coalition since its ince

[08/16/17]   Thank you to VOLKSWAGEN Group of America, Inc. for sponsoring a Generosity Feeds event that donated 300 pounds of food to the Backpack Coalition! What a great start for the upcoming school year!

[08/14/17]   Looking for volunteers tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 15th, from 10:30am - 12:30ish, at the warehouse. A new school year is upon us and there are food donations that need to be sorted. If you have,or know, teenagers who want to get a head start on their service hours for high school organizations like Key Club, Interact, National Honor Society, Tri-M, please share with them.
The warehouse is located in the back of Rite Aid Pharmacy in Leesburg at the corner of Catoctin Circle and 448 South King St. The warehouse entrance is to the rear left of the building.
Thank you for your support of our program!

The storm last night couldn't dampen spirits at the Palmercare Chiropractic golf outing. It was a sunny day of golf and giving. Thank you to PalmerCare and participants for your philanthropy and generosity. It is through your altruism that the Backpack Coalition continues to provide food insecure Loudoun County students and their families with food provisions for the weekend.
Thank you for your continued support of our mission and your dedication to Loudoun County children.

No Kid Hungry

Food insecurity is a real issue in LCPS. Last year, more than 3,600 students within our school system received weekend food support. The Backpack Coalition Program provided family-style meals to almost 1/2 of these students for a total of 1,339 recipients.

Are kids really going hungry?
Listen to the stories of kids and their parents.
Take action at: http://bit.ly/2hrCldO #HungerInOurSchools

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