About 100 people gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the opening of Lorton Community Action Center’s . LCAC Executive Director Steve Rorke said the facility consolidates food from five locations into one building. The new pantry and freezer meets federal standards, and will provide increased safety, organization and efficiency in food distribution. Rorke said LCAC has seen a 67 percent increase in demand for food since 2007.
Speaking for the South Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, businessman Conrad Mehan said, “LCAC maximizes the efficiency of every dollar because they spend on their mission and only on their mission. The better job they do, the more they help others, and the better off we all are,” he said.
State Delegate David Albo praised the volunteers that make possible the work of LCAC. “People are willing to give their money because they know that it helps LCAC leverage the thousands of service hours donated by volunteers.”
The new building was made possible by a $250,000 gift from Molly and Bill Lynch, a South County couple who donated money specifically for a new food pantry. The 2,000 square-foot addition doubles LCAC’s space, and enables the main building to serve as an office and conference area.