Reston, VA

Local congregations are banding together to provide takeout meals from local restaurants to those in need of food.

Since the second week of its launch, the program, Herndon Cares, has fed more than 400 people. More congregations and businesses are joining the effort, including Christ Fellowship Church, Herndon United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, St. John Neumann Catholic Community, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and Washington Plaza Baptist Church.

The First Baptist Church of Herndon spearheaded the effort after Pastor Sean Roberds pitched the idea of raising funds for meals in an effort to support local businesses and local residents.

Within a week of suggesting the idea, the church’s community outreach coordinator launched the effort and recruited volunteers, including Renee Maxwell from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon.

“I’m thrilled that more and more faith congregations are patterning in this effort and that businesses are very enthusiastic,” Maxwell said.

Restaurants that are within the zip code areas of 20170, 20171, 20190, and 20194 can participate by pitching dinner for $10/person or less. Some local participants include:

  • Amphora’s Diner Deluxe
  • Apple Spice
  • A Taste of the World Restaurant
  • Charcoal Kabab
  • Enatye Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Mr. Pepperoni
  • Virginia Kitchen
  • Willard’s BBQ
  • 100 Bowls

The organization is accepting donations online. So far, Herndon Cares has raised $7,185 of its ambitious $100,000 goal. Meals can be requested on the program’s website.

Photo via Herndon Cares

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