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September 18, 2013

Churches join to collect food for needy Saturday

The Fauquier Community Food Bank.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Warrenton congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, together with others in the community, will partner to collect donations of non-perishable food for the Fauquier Community Food Bank.

The congregations organized this food drive in response to the proclamation by the governors of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, and the mayor of Washington, D.C, of Sept. 15-29 as Days to Serve focused on “feeding the hungry and healing the planet,” with an invitation to faith-based, community and civic organizations to join the effort.

The Town of Warrenton also issued its own resolution in support of the governor’s proclamation.

Additional partners include Safeway, where volunteers will collect food on Saturday, and the Chik-fil-A on Lee Highway, which will donate a portion of all meals purchased with a valid voucher on Saturday to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Food may be donated at the food bank at 249 W. Shirley Ave. in Warrenton, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Food will be collected door-to-door in some neighborhoods. Volunteers are welcome.

Every year, thousands of people are aided by the Fauquier Community Food Bank and the Fauquier Family Shelter as these service organizations feed and house the hungry and homeless. The food bank serves more than 2,000 people each month, while the shelter works to “alleviate the pain of poverty and homelessness in Fauquier County.” The backbone of this effort is the goodwill, donations and volunteer spirit of the community.

In his proclamation, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said, “I am continually inspired by the commitment and generosity Virginians show towards each other, each day but particularly through events like Day to Serve. … I encourage all Virginians during the Day to Serve period to join me in donating their time, food, or funds in the fight against hunger.
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