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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 / octoBER 2017

The Weekend Food Program serving children in need is off to a great start for the 2017-2018 school year, thanks to our many volunteers and donors.  Thank you all for your help!  As of 9/26 we are serving 81 children at 8 schools.  Click on the Facebook icon (top right) for photos of recent packing and delivery. 

Here's a link to SignUpGenius to volunteer for the following activities in October.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 10 am:  Shopping for November and December.  Where?  Manassas Costco.
  • Monday, October 30, 7 pm:  Where?  5960 Piney Grove Way for packing food.
  • Tuesday, October 31, 1 pm:  Where?  5960 Piney Grove Way to load up cars for the monthly delivery to schools.
  • See the "Calendar" button above for additional dates throughout the school year.

Apple Boxes Needed. Consider asking the manager at your grocery store for apple boxes.  On November 27 we will pack for 6 weekends to provide food through early January.  This means about 15 additional apple boxes are needed to make delivery to the schools.  Thank you.

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

FOUND:  Child's zippered hoodie, size XXL (14-16) left behind after the August packing.  ID the logo and color in an email or call the number below to claim.

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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

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 are able to serve 81 children at twice as many schools.  The need is great.  Can you help?

The 2017–2018 School Year Commitment is to serve 80 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:  12 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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