The Assistance League of Northern Virginia will be able to help feed more children in need thanks to a $20,000 grant from Dominion Virginia Power.
The grant will support the Weekend Food for Kids Program, providing food to children who receive free or reduced price meals at four Title I schools in the area.
This is the second year Dominion has provided such a grant to the Assistance League, which has helped the Weekend Food for Kids Program expand to more schools.
Schools that receive food through the program include Cora Kelly Elementary School in Alexandria, Lynbrook Elementary and Garfield Elementary schools in Springfield, and Yorkshire Elementary School in Manassas.
About 80 percent of the children who receive free or reduced priced meals at the four schools receive weekend food packages. The children who receive the packages may otherwise go hungry on weekends.
Each month, volunteers from Dominion and the Assistance League, along with community volunteers, gather at Dominion's offices in Herndon to pack food. Dominion trucks deliver the food to the schools.
The Assistance League and Dominion will be packing food for the program from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Dominion's Herndon offices, located at 3072 Centreville Rd. Area businesses and residents are invited to attend to see how the program works and learn how they can get involved.
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