During the month of March, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) served 328 households — representing 1,028 people — with food from its food pantry. But it needs help from area residents to continue to help people in need in the local community.
Summer will be here in a couple months, and that’s a critical time for children who’ll no longer receive breakfast and lunch at school and may otherwise go hungry. So WFCM is gearing up now to stock its shelves.
On Saturday, May 4, WFCM will hold a food drive as part of the Chantilly Day celebration in the Kmart parking lot in Chantilly’s Sully Place Shopping Center. Co-sponsored by the Dulles Chamber of Commerce, “Fill ’er Up at Chantilly Day” will run from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Residents are asked to bring nonperishable items for the food pantry.
In the meantime, the food pantry urgently needs donations of spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, rice (2-lb. bags), jelly, canned pasta, peanut butter, canned tuna and meat, hot and cold cereal, fruit juice, and pancake mix and syrup.
Toiletry items are needed, as well, especially diapers in sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6, baby wipes and toilet paper. Bring all items to WFCM’S new food-pantry location at 13888 Metrotech Drive, near Papa John’s Pizza and Kumon Learning Center, in Chantilly’s Sully Place Shopping Center.
WFCM also operates a thrift store nearby at 13939 Metrotech Drive, by the Lotte Market in Sully Place, and residents may help out here, too. Volunteers are needed to staff the thrift store for two- to four-hour shifts, Fridays and Saturdays. Contact Annette Bosley at email@example.com.
<1b> — Bonnie Hobbs