CJM partnered with Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) for our semi-annual Day of Service, this time at their SERVE campus in Manassas, VA. The SERVE campus houses a variety of programs that help our neighbors receive the immediate assistance they need, such as food and shelter, and develop the potential for future success, including rapid re-housing, health access, and services for children. CJM focused our efforts on their 8,000-square-foot Hunger Resource Center (HRC) that serves more than 600 families per month, and nearly 9,000 unique individuals per year, with food and essentials. The HRC also houses NVFS’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach and nutritional education programs to ensure families are educated on and able to afford healthy food.
Our efforts ensured the HRC’s freezers were in top shape by cleaning out, organizing and restocking the shelves. We assembled shelving units for dry goods, stocked and organized shelves in the aisles, and helped the shelter divide their bulk donations into family-sized portions. We were so moved by the amazing things NVFS and SERVE are doing that we also donated 21 turkeys (372lbs worth) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you to NVFS for the opportunity to help make a difference!