“Bags of Love” Food Distribution
The crisis is not over. Belong! is partnering with local churches and the community to continue to put food on the table for struggling families. On the third Saturday of each month, Vienna Presbyterian Church (VPC), in partnership with Food for Others, is giving out boxes of staples, produce, meat, eggs and milk to 160 of our most needy neighbors.
Having identified additional needs, Belong! is working with VPC, Vienna Baptist and the Vienna community to provide an additional 160-200 vulnerable families with monthly “Bags of Love” (bags filled in non-perishables), eggs and when available milk and produce, to be distributed at Vienna Baptist Church and Idylwood apartments.
Click here to sign up to help purchase and/or distribute Bags of Love. (Look in the right column for the monthly Bags of Love signup link.)
The Vienna Student Food Initiative
Congrats to our community!!! The Vienna Student Food Initiative (VSFI) has come to an end but not without having made a big impact on those most vulnerable families in Vienna affected by the COVID-19 crisis. When schools shut down, Belong!, Christ Church Vienna, Vienna Presbyterian and other local churches (including First Baptist, Vienna Baptist and Church for All Nations), school staff and the community (including community member Jordan Rice and her family business) responded by creating the VSFI to provide critical food support for already struggling families of school-aged children.
With your on-going donations, we were able to not only help families weekly with $25 food cards, but we expanded the number of families aided from 180 in March to over 330 families at the time of completion. You helped us provide 4,857 food cards (that’s over $121,000!) to families of our community and ensure that our neighbors in need had somewhere to turn for help.