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Helping local school children who struggle with hunger









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Crossroads-Connection is a Christian community service organization that provides a Weekend Food Program for needy children in the public schools of Gainesville and Haymarket, Virginia.  Our goal is to alleviate hunger as an obstruction to classroom learning.  Sustained by a faithful and growing community of donors and volunteers, we operate as a chartered club of Heritage Hunt and a ministry of Riverside Presbyterian Church.  We welcome all who desire to support this mission.

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News / APRIL 2018

Crossroads-Connection is a local charity dependent entirely on the goodwill of donors like you.  Every dollar received goes to the purchase of food.  If you wish to donate, see the information below to donate online or by check

OUR NEXT PACKING AND DELIVERY DATES:  To volunteer, click here.

  • NEXT PACKING NIGHT:  Monday, APRIL 30, 7 pm:  at 5960 Piney Grove Way, Gainesville.
  • NEXT DELIVERY DAY:  Tuesday, May 1, 1 pm:  at 5960 Piney Grove Way, Gainesville. 
  • To volunteer, click on SignUpGenius. See the "Calendar" button above for additional dates throughout the school year.

"Does the Weekend Food Program make a difference?"

"Many of our students' families are struggling to meet basic needs, and facing hunger on a daily basis.  This year you have helped support a family who lost all of their belongings in a house fire; another family, new from Puerto Rico, who had to reestablish themselves after hurricane Maria; a family dealing with extreme medical costs due to one of our students getting hit by a car, and another needing an organ transplant; more than one single parent home due to escaping an abusive environment, and other families facing such hardships as deportation of a parent.


These are just a few of the families you have helped support this school year at Bull Run.  Providing these families with the food part of their budget not only ensures their children get healthy meals over the weekend, but also provides them with a sense of security to achieve self-reliance."

Signed, Jennifer Bullen, Director of Counseling, Bull Run Middle School

 Does your child need Volunteer Service Hours?  Contact to learn how he or she can help.


On February 20, 2018, Dr. Brian Engleman, a demographer for Prince William County, made a power point presentation to the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt.  Although his topic is broad, the primary focus is on the area of Gainesville and Haymarket.  The issues of poverty and hunger are of particular interest to Crossroads-Connection.  With his permission, the entire presentation is available HERE for your viewing.

The Challenge

Crossroads-Connection works with counselors at local public schools to provide weekend food for children in need.  Funding comes from local churches and church organizations, the Heritage Hunt Women's Organization, the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt, local businesses, and individual donors.  The number of children served each year depends on available funding.

Looking Back In Time...  Just 2 years ago our organization was reaching 40 children at 4 schools.  Today, thanks to donors and volunteers, we helping 83 children at twice as many schools.  The need is great.  Can you help?

The 2017–2018 School Year Commitment is to serve 83 children:

  • Bull Run Middle School:  12 children
  • Glenkirk Elementary School:  3 children
  • Gravely Elementary School:  13 children
  • Mt. View Elementary School:  4 children
  • PACE West School:  13 children
  • Piney Branch Elementary School:  14 children
  • Tyler Elementary School:  14 children
  • Buckland Mills Elementary School:  10 children

The Details

Shopping, Packing, & Delivery

  • Volunteers organize to shop bi-monthly or as needed at local stores
  • Packing is monthly with 15-20 volunteers
  • Delivery is monthly

Food Provided is non-perishable, high protein, low sugar.  Items may vary from time to time. 

  • Cereals - instant oatmeal
  • Milk - low fat white and chocolate
  • Fruit - applesauce and boxed raisins
  • Dinners - variety of Chef Boyardee and Cup Noodles
  • Snack Items - protein bars, peanuts
  • Salty Snacks - Cheez-Its, peanut butter crackers
  • Sweet Snacks - Rice Krispies Treats, protein bars

Individuals Seeking Volunteer Service Hours Always Welcome!

We use SignUpGenius for routine volunteer signups.


Cost per Child per 10-month School Year


Budget for 2017–2018

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