Last year, 1 in 6 Loudoun County school children qualified for free or reduced price school lunches. St. James’ Backpack Buddies (BPB) program is part of the BPB Coalition, sponsored by Loudoun County Public Schools. BPB Coalition provides more than 1,200 bags of food each week to Loudoun’s children who are food-insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food. St. James’ collects food for children at Frances Hazel Reid and Evergreen Mill Elementary Schools. The BPB Coalition provides a “family-oriented” food package, so please note the NEW menu: canisters of oatmeal, boxes of mac ‘n cheese, cans of tomato soup, tuna, corn, green beans, or fruit; pasta and pasta sauce; bags of rice and pinto beans; and jars of peanut butter and jelly. BPB also invites volunteers to help to unload food or pack “backpack bags” at 448 S. King Street in Leesburg. To volunteer, please contact Barbara.Mendoza@lcps.org.
Grace to Go invites volunteers to prepare meals for the hungry. Sign up online at signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4da9ac22a20-grace or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals are distributed in our parking lot on Mondays at 5:00 pm.
The Name Speaks the Mission! Loudoun Interfaith Relief has become Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR). The name change provides clarity for people who need to find help, or those who want to help. The mission remains the same as it always has since the organization started in 1991: feeding the hungry in Loudoun County. St. James’ is one of Loudoun Hunger Relief’s faith congregation partners who continue to fill the same important role they always have—assisting with food collection, monetary donations, and volunteer service. The new website address for LHR is www.loudounhunger.org. By the way, did you know that in 2015 St. James’ Church donated 1,402 pounds of food to this vitally important organization in our community? Congratulations! That’s a ton of food! Well, not quite a ton, but maybe that could be our goal for 2016. Put your contributions in the box in the entry area.
At the latest blood drive at St. James’ Church on February 17, the American Red Cross collected 23 productive pints of blood which have the potential to save 69 lives. Our next blood drive is scheduled for Friday April 17 from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm. To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800)RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).
St. James’ hosts three Alcoholics Anonymous groups which meet in the lower level of the Rittenhouse Building: Sunday 5:30 pm “Happy Hour Group” (discussion for those who have a desire to stop drinking), Monday 7:00 pm “Room for Growth Group” (for women only who want to learn more about and pursue the Twelve Steps), and Thursday 8:30 pm “The Leesburg Group” (discussion for those who have a desire to stop drinking).