The Washington Business Journal named JK Moving Services a top corporate citizen for our partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR). The award specifically recognizes JK’s work to start the JK Community Farm, a charitable effort designed to alleviate hunger. The farm grows and harvests crops and livestock and donates them to (LHR), which also distributes them to other nonprofits.
JK’s Partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief
“We are humbled by the Business Journal award and proud of our partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief. Starting JK Community Farm is a sustainable, tangible way for us to meet a critical community need, but it only works by having a great relationship with a nonprofit with a shared interest,” explained Chuck Kuhn, JK President and CEO. “Our Loudoun Hunger alliance is built on trust and respect, ensuring it will strengthen the community for years to come.”
As a JK employee, I’ve seen first-hand that the relationship with LHR didn’t start with the farm. In addition to JK donating funds to the nonprofit over the years, my coworkers donated their time. They stocked groceries in the food pantry, moved furniture, and painted when LHR remodeled its facility.
JK employees live out the core values of care and respect every day in business practices and in the community as well. Through donations, in-kind service, and volunteering, JK supports direct services to people in need, accessible education for people of all ages and backgrounds, and assistance to U.S. service members, military families, veterans, and first responders.
To expand the breadth of his family’s (and JK’s) philanthropic investments in a way that upholds their values and has lasting impact, Chuck started the JK Community Farm and purchased land in Purcellville, VA to house it. After putting the land into conservation easement, volunteers planted more than 16 types of vegetables on an initial four acres. More acreage is being prepared for planting next year. In addition to the produce, the Kuhn family is donating beef, pork, and venison.
The farm hosts education classes for nonprofit clients about cooking, gardening, and nutrition. JK employees and other community volunteers planted and harvested crops this season. More than 1,000 volunteers have served over 3,000 volunteer hours. Their efforts produced more than 30,000 pounds of donated produce. Over the winter months, the Farm will also donate approximately 50,000 pounds of protein.
The Kuhn family and JK Moving will continue investing in the Farm in the years to come, but welcome investments of time and funds from business and community partners to keep the farm growing to reach its full potential.