Feeding Fauquier's Hungry Families

By
Real Estate Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

This past Saturday was the monthly food distribution to Fauquier's needy families.

This may not come as a surprise to most of you, but with the economic difficulties more and more families are lining up to get the meager amount of food we're able to provide.

This past weekend 222 families equaling a total of 728 were there to get food. 290 of those were under 18 and 101 were over 65.

December is typically the busiest month, with families feeling the pinch during the holidays. But this month surpassed any previous December. And, it blew any other July out of the books.

 

Month

# of Families

Individuals

Under 18

Over 65

07/04

127

363

142

47

07/05

108

253

64

66

07/06

117

323

104

70

07/07

119

341

126

73

 

And, FCFDC believes that more families would show up for help if they had transportation and/or if they were aware of the distribution.

Unfortunately, at the same time more families are seeking help with just the basics like food, the families donating are also struggling. More and more often we hear that people are struggling just to get by and have nothing left to donate.

But miracles happen every month. Food donations may be down, but we continue to have lots of willing volunteers, even on the months it doesn't seem like anyone will show up!

If you've got the ability to donate either food or cash, consider getting in touch with the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition. And, come pitch in on the third Saturday morning of the month. The distribution takes place at the Warrenton United Methodist Church. Extra hands are always welcomed!

Given the current economic conditions, I expect it may be awhile before we see these numbers come down. But let's all pray I'm wrong!

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