Rotary Leads Effort to Fill Backpacks

 The Rotary Club of Leesburg on Saturday organized a meal-packing program that will benefit thousands of Loudoun families through the county’s network of Backpack Buddy organizations. 

         The club worked with The Outreach Program, based in Iowa, to assemble 18,000 meal packets through an assembly line style process at the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont. The effort was supported by more than 50 volunteers from the Heritage High School Interact Club, the Rotary Day Break Club, the Rotary Club of Ashburn, Ability Fitness Center, VFW Post 1177 and the Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun.

         “For this particular project, I am personally excited and grateful that we have rallied our efforts in Loudoun County with volunteers, people in action, focused on service above self,” said Rotary Club of Leesburg President Katie Gould.

         Backpack Buddies Foundation founder Dan Hampton said the group would donate the meals to the Loudoun Education Foundation/Loudoun County Public School-Backpack Coalition, which provides weekend meals to students in need. He noted the project was well-timed to align with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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