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From a Spring 2009 Newsletter of Loudoun Interfaith Relief:What's concerning us now is that demand is growing at a faster pace than we've ever seen at the food bank," said Martin L. White, chief executive of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network, which distributes food to people in Loudoun and 24 other counties in northwestern and central Virginia.Officials at the network said they are getting requests for assistance from almost 4,000 people a month in Loudoun, up from about 2,000 in November. For years, the nonprofit organization has served mostly Loudoun residents who are poor enough to qualify for government assistance. But with rising food and fuel costs, network officials say their clientele has expanded in recent months and includes many people whose incomes are higher and who had not sought help before..."In addition to the increasing demand from wage-earners, the food bank network said it is fielding more requests from elderly people who rely on fixed incomes. For example, the network's Winchester branch, which serves people in seven counties including Loudoun and Fauquier, provided food to nearly 33 percent more elderly people in March than it did in March 2007, officials said.
And here is a local newspaper article from February 2010 about a new food pantry opening as the need continues to grow. This county paper doc**ents basic demographic info for Loudoun county in 2006 and finds that 2.9% of the overall population and 2.9% of the children live below the US poverty line. But as any social/economic activist in the US can tell you the poverty line is a joke. [Meaning it is way too low. In reality people who make twice what the poverty line is in Loudoun County might still have a hard time making ends meet.] So in reality it's more like 8% of the county's population that is eligible for food assistance.Here is the reality of today’s economy: In December 2008 Loudoun Interfaith Relief served 4,273 people; in December 2007 it was 2,696—an astonishing 59% increase! In December 2008 LIR provided meals to 1,830 children, up from 1,115 children in December 2007—an unbelievable increase of 64%!