Schools make ‘substantial’ donation to food bank

Loudoun County public schools donated a “substantial” amount of food to Loudoun Interfaith Relief last month, according to a statement from the organization.

The donation followed the clarification of the Good Samaritan Act last year to allow public schools to donate unused food from cafeterias to food pantries and food banks without liability, the charity said.

Representatives of Loudoun schools food services met with area food pantries last year to organize a plan to distribute the food. Last month, at the beginning of winter break, Loudoun Interfaith Relief received much-needed items, such as milk, juice and fruits, from the school system’s cafeterias.

David Dwyer, director of operations for Loudoun Interfaith Relief, said that these items are especially critical for the organization to meet the nutritional needs of the Emergency Food Distribution program.

In November and December, Loudoun Interfaith Relief provided emergency food assistance to more than 18,000 people, the charity said.

“We appreciate the Loudoun County school system working with us, and that they were so quick to participate. Every little bit of support we receive is so essential,” Bonnie Inman, executive director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief, said in the statement. “As our economy continues to struggle, we are still planning to support an ever-increasing number of families.”

Loudoun-based charities awarded nearly $1 million

The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation will award nearly $1 million to Loudoun County-based charities this year, the foundation said in a statement.

The foundation, which was created by the late Loudoun philanthropist Claude Moore in 1987, has pledged or made grants totaling more than $47 million to various charities since its conception, the statement said. Loudoun-based charities and organizations have received more than $14 million, including $957,000 for this year.

Included among the gifts to Loudoun charities this year are:

→Loudoun Youth: $10,000

→Inova Nursing Scholarships: $150,000.

→The Arc of Loudoun: $50,000

→Loudoun Cares: $50,000.

→ECHO (Every Citizen Has Opportunities): $26,000.

→Loudoun Education Foundation (High School Graduation Party Project): $38,000.

→Loudoun Education Foundation (Teachers Endorsement Scholarship Project): $27,000.

→Loudoun Education Foundation (Reality Store): $6,000.

→Loudoun Literary Council: $50,000.

→Loudoun County General Distributions: $200,000.

→Claude Moore Healthcare Academies: $350,000.

“Over the years, the foundation has pledged or donated over $14 million in charitable grants to nonprofits in Loudoun County. We are deeply committed to making an impact on the quality of life in the county,” J. Hamilton Lambert, executive director of Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, said in the statement.

“Those gifts, together with the more than the $1.2 million in real estate taxes we pay annually, demonstrate the Foundation’s commitment to Loudoun County,” Lambert said.

Leesburg unveils video aimed at luring businesses

Leesburg officials unveiled a new video created to help market the town and attract new and expanding businesses to the area.

“Conversations about Leesburg,” an approximately seven-minute video, shows a group of business leaders discussing why they live in Leesburg and why they located their businesses in the town.

The video highlights more than 25 businesses and individuals, Leesburg Economic Development Manager Marantha Edwards said in a statement.

 The video is on the Leesburg Web site,, and can also be seen on the town’s YouTube channel,
). Copies are being sent to prospects and featured businesses.

  In addition to the seven-minute video, a series of shorter topic-specific video segments will be created for use in multimedia marketing efforts, town officials said.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson