Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Governors of Maryland, West Virginia and the Mayor of DC have declared today through Sept. 28 as days of service as part of the region’s Day to Serve program.
Falls Church City Mayor David Tarter voiced his support for the Day to Serve program in an interview earlier this week.
“Falls Church is known for its strong sense of community. Our volunteers give an amazing amount of hours of service that unite our citizens for a wide of variety of purposes. Day to Serve is a great way for all of our citizens to participate to help those less fortunate in our area and support our local food banks that serve to fulfill this need,” Tarter said. “Please show your support and contribute canned food items that will serve our homeless and needy families.”
Day to Serve began in 2012 as a collaboration between the governors of Va., Md., WV and the mayor of D.C. They set aside political differences and worked together to feed the hungry and improve their communities. They invited all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations to join the cause. They encouraged the creativity of individuals, families, groups and communities to meet the needs that they saw in their own backyards.
In 2013, the governors and mayor increased their commitments, resulting in:
– 40,000 volunteers that included more than 12,000 youth
– 140,000 hours of service across
– 1,300 events throughout the region
– Volunteers collected 950,000 lbs of food and donated it to food banks, food kitchens and pantries
– 12,000 bags of trash and compost were collected
– 1,600 trees were planted
Falls Church is focusing on “Feeding the Hungry” again this year. Young people will be canvassing and leaving bags on doorknobs next Wednesday, Sept. 17th with pickup at your door after 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20th. Volunteers will also be collecting food at Falls Church local grocery stores. Boxes for collection will be at the Falls Church Farmers Market at the Park Avenue entrance.
City residents and visitors can bring canned goods, especially protein (tuna, beans, meats, chili, stews, peanut butter, etc.), in for distribution to the Columbia Baptist “Spend Yourself” Food Pantry and the Knox Presbyterian Food Bank that serves the Falls Church Community Services Council and they can bring single serving items suitable for individual meals for Falls Church Winter Homeless Shelter.