Food for Others' mission is to obtain and distribute free food to the hungry of Northern Virginia and support food programs of other community-based organizations. We provide a channel for people to volunteer their services to help their neighbors in need.

Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia, provides the assistance vitally needed by our unemployed and low-income neighbors. We provide a safety net for people who suddenly face unforeseen emergencies such as a family illness or the loss of a job or a spouse.

Even though Northern Virginia is considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, we still face a poverty rate of about 5%. This means, based on U.S. Census figures, that more than 90,000 people are living in poverty and 30 percent are children.

Food for Others is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization funded in part by the Fairfax and Arlington County governments. We also receive funding from foundations, churches and many generous individuals. A small but dedicated staff and the hard work of over 1,000 volunteers allow us to keep our costs low and maximize our service to those in need.

Financial contributions to Food for Others are tax-deductible.  Donors will receive a tax receipt acknowledgement of their donation.

As an organization dedicated to sound fiscal management and transparency, we are providing easy access to our IRS 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. For additional information about Food for Others, please see our Annual Report.

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Tysons 5K

First Annual Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Tysons 5K Race

Benefiting Food for Others

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thanks to our sponsors who helped make the event so successful!

Complete the Circle


Complete the Circle 2014 Foodraiser and "Live Painting" Aerial Photograph event, on Sunday, November 9, 1:00-2:30 pm will be held at the Fairfax High School Practice Field. Help us create a "living painting" on the field, using hundreds of community members dressed in special T-shirts that will "color" the image to be photographed from 80 feet above by artist Daniel Dancer of Art for the Sky.This event is presented jointly by Our Daily Bread and Food for Others.

Participants are asked to bring a $5 donation for a Complete the Circle T-shirt, and three or more non-perishable food items and/or household necessities, to be incorporated into the photo as the outer circle rim of our living painting so that we will "complete the circle" of giving to provide help and hope to local families and children facing hunger. Make plans to form a team or participate as an individual or family!

Team Captains - Register Your Team of Any Size Here

For more information, visit the Team Captain Information Page

Individuals and Families - Register Here

See a video about the event.


You can now buy food and have it sent directly to Food for Others from Amazon.com. See our

Amazon Wish List


We are in great need of the following items:

Canned meats

Canned chili

Canned fruit

Canned pastas

Macaroni & cheese

Reusable grocery bags




Did you know?

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, Food for Others distributed over 2.2 million pounds of free food to families in need in Northern Virginia