Holiday Helpers: RCC Food Drive and Volunteer Opportunities

Reston Community Center

Thinking of giving thanks by helping others this holiday season?

Reston Community Center’s Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) is running through Nov. 25. Drop off boxes are located throughout the community to receive your donations of unopened, unused and unexpired food items for distribution to those in need in the Reston area.

Here is what the drive needs most:

  • Heavy Duty Clear Plastic Bins (approx. size of file boxes)
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meats
  • Condiments (mayo, mustard, ketchup, etc.)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Beans
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Soups, Chili, etc.
  • Ramen Noodles & Cup-o-Noodles
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Bagged & Boxed Rice & Couscous
  • Pasta/Rice Mixes
  • Cereal
  • Coffee, Tea, etc.
  • Dry Beans
  • Flour, Sugar, etc.
  • Hygiene Items (toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Milk (evaporated, condensed, dry, soy, etc.)
  • Oatmeal, Pancake Mixes, Other Breakfast Items
  • Season Packets (taco mixes, marinades, soup mixes, etc.)
  • Snacks (cookies, cracker, fruit bars, etc.)

Drop off locations include RCC Hunters Woods and Lake Anne, as well as dozens of other spots in Reston. To see a complete list of locations, visit RCC’s website.

RCC could also use volunteers at the Hunters Woods location:
  • Volunteer loaders needed Nov. 26 and 27,  3:30-5:00 p.m. to unload a truck filled with unsorted food donations.
  • Event leader training for food sorting , Nov. 28 9 -10 a.m. Volunteers, 16 yrs. and older, with leadership abilities needed. Training from 9-10, followed by packing event from 10 to 1 p.m. or until done.
  • Food sorting – Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages welcome.
All volunteers are encouraged to register — contact Kevin Danaher, 703-390-6166.
(Photo of 2012 RCC Food Drive sorters courtesy of RCC)

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