A small, masked and socially-distanced group gathered to witness a special presentation this chilly St. Patrick’s Day. The group included Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer, and representatives of the Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) Board of Directors led by Chair Carol Barbe. Hanley Energy Electrical (HEE) was represented by CEO Clive Gilmore, COO William Warwick, VP of Project Solutions Jimmy Farrelly, and Superintendent Joe Gough. The Irish Ambassador to the U.S., Mr. Daniel Mulhall, also provided recorded remarks via video.
What was the occasion?
HEE was ready to gift the results of our latest food drive to LHR. This drive, specifically for cereal, was special for a couple reasons. Not only did HEE have 4,300 pounds of cereal ready for hungry Loudoun families, but they also had an extra gift prepared for LHR: a new 24-foot box truck!
LHR was surprised and delighted by the truck – and, of course, its contents. LHR goes through 900 boxes of cereal a week, and the pantry staple has become increasingly difficult for the nonprofit to procure.
“I don’t know what happened but it has been an issue for us to get,” said LHR President & CEO Jennifer Montgomery.
The two tons HEE provided equaled almost 3,000 boxes and will meet the needs of local families for nearly four weeks!
The box truck, a much-needed addition to LHR’s transportation fleet, will help move vital food stock all over the county for years to come.
“Today, LHR feels very lucky indeed!” Montgomery said.
That’s not all.
In addition to the fully-loaded truck, HEE also contributed matching funds for LHR’s March 16th GiveChoose online giving campaign, which helped the organization raise over $60,000 to purchase food.
LHR directly serves between 800 and 1,000 families per week, and also provides food to families through service partners. In 2020 alone, the nonprofit provided 2.6 million pounds of food to those in need in Loudoun County.
Our CEO, Clive Gilmore, said “Hanley Energy Electrical is whole-heartedly committed to supporting the communities where we do business. We are proud to partner with LHR to support their frontline work of providing food to those in need in our community.”
Ms. Montgomery and Mr. Gilmore also extended many thanks to all who donated, as well as the supporting partners for the cereal drive, including Merritt Properties, Sterling Restaurant Supply, and TechnoGuard.