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.

If You Need Food

If your family is hungry and needs emergency food assistance, we can help. At the Merrifield Warehouse we distribute food in the following two ways:

Referrals for Emergency Food

If you have a referral from a social worker or agency for emergency food, you will receive about 3 to 5 days’s worth of free food for your family. We accept six emergency food referrals a year.  Each referral must be sent to Food for Others via FAX (703-207-9204). Once received, the referrals are kept on file for two weeks since the intent is to provide food for an emergency only.

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Emergency Food Assistance Program

The USDA food is provided to Food for Others by the US government. No food substitutions are allowed. You may return once per calendar month for USDA food packages. USDA packages are based on the size of your household. You must be a Virginia resident and meet financial guidelines stated on the application form (provided in Spanish and English). We ask that you update any changes in address, household members, and income level as they occur during the year.

Neighborhood Distribution Sites

Food for Others also provides food several days per week in various neighborhoods around Fairfax County, Arlington, and Falls Church. Anyone in need of food may come to one of the sites at the times specified with the only question:  "How many people are in your household?" Please bring your own grocery bags! Click here for a list of sites.