Smith Mountain Lake, Va. (November 20, 2020) – Bruno and Tiffany Silva, owners of The Landing Restaurant and The Landing Love Project, announced it has received a $100,000 dollar matching gift donation from David and Michelle Baldacci, to expand on the hot meals dinner delivery service for local at-risk families and seniors throughout the greater Smith Mountain Lake region and surrounding counties.
“The Landing Love Project is humbled by this generous financial contribution from the Baldaccis as it will go a long way in supporting our mission,” stated Bruno Silva, President. “We recently reached another milestone by delivering over 35,000 meals to those in need within our community. This is the most important thing we have ever done, and The Landing Love Project is a part of us now and we have no plans to stop feeding those in need within our community.”
To support the matching gifts program and help put The Landing Love Project on the path to sustainability, the Baldaccis have committed $100,000 dollars to support the most effective strategies, tools, and best practices for long-term sustainability.
Ultimately, The Love Project’s goal is to secure a facility so these additional services can be provided in a physical space that is safe and conveniently located. The facility would allow students to arrive after school where they can provide a nourishing meal and utilize volunteers to provide tutoring for students. There is also a proposed separate learning area dedicated to adult education. The adult programs would aid with the following: improve reading skills, obtaining GEDs, resume writing and job searches.
The Baldaccis are devoted philanthropists. Their collective efforts are dedicated to their family’s Wish You Well Foundation®, which supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States. In 2008, the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty, and hunger.
“As a community we have an opportunity to support each other and make a difference. This only makes our community stronger and an even better place for all of us to call home,” stated David Baldacci.
The Landing Restaurant is currently accepting donations and soliciting volunteers to help deliver meals to the doorstep of those in need. If someone has an immediate need please email The Landing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made online at http://thelandingloveproject.com
About The Landing Love Project
The Landing Love Project was originally created by Bruno and Tiffany Silva, owners of The Landing Restaurant, in March 2020 to SUPPORT, FEED & LOVE at-risk families and seniors in the greater Smith Mountain Lake region. The idea to start a feeding program evolved from the need that arose when area schools were closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, over the course of our first month of operation we knew we were solving an immediate need but not providing a long-term solution. Many of these same food-challenged families would also benefit from literacy support programs. Our intent is to provide a safe space where we can not only feed these families but also address literacy challenges by providing mentoring and tutoring assistance for both children and adults.
About The Landing Restaurant
The Landing Restaurant is located in Bernard's Landing Resort on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake. The Landing Restaurant offers lakefront fine dining and upscale cuisine. Smith Mountain Lake residents and visitors alike experience something fresh and unique with each visit. For more information, visit online at http://thelandingsml.com.