Emergency Food operations at our warehouse (Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm) provide 3-5 days’ worth of non-perishables as well as milk, eggs, and other fresh items to people referred to Food for Others by Fairfax County CSP and various social service providers. Clients have the option to shop for their own food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in the “Choice” area of our warehouse. Clients who qualify based on income eligibility may also receive monthly food supplements that we order on their behalf from the USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
Neighborhood Site distributions provide food to individuals and families via volunteers who pick up food at our warehouse and deliver groceries to low-income neighborhoods. This occurs every evening, Monday through Friday, serving 17 sites throughout Northern Virginia.
We provide bulk food distributions to our 13 local partner organizations on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Our community partners include faith-based organizations, homeless shelters, and other groups serving at-risk residents of Northern Virginia.
The Power Pack Program (P3) provides students at 28 Fairfax County elementary schools with a supplemental pack of food for the weekend. The packs contain two breakfast items, two lunch items, two dinner items, two snacks, and two drinks.
Our partnership with Dr. Fred Garner of Burke Pediatrics provides patients with prescriptions for food which they can pick up at our warehouse.
Our community gardens provide a space to grow fresh food for local families in need. The Community Garden at Peace Lutheran Church is maintained by families from Parklawn Elementary, a Title I school, along with Food United Neighbors. The families use the garden to grow their own fresh produce.
Our second community garden is tended by volunteers from Capital One who deliver the fresh produce to Food for Others’ warehouse for distribution.
Family Fresh Program
The Family Fresh program is a cooking and nutrition class offered at Lincolnia Community Resource Center by Virginia Cooperative Extension. The class provides individuals in need with information about maintaining a balanced diet, selecting healthy food options, and preparing nutritious meals. Class members are also provided with bags of fresh produce from Waterpenny farm.
We obtain much of our food through rescue operations. A large percentage of the food we distribute would have been thrown away from local grocery stores due to overstocking or an upcoming “sell date.” We also collect excess produce from local farmers’ markets and send volunteers to local farms on a weekly basis to recover produce that would have been discarded due to unrealistic standards of beauty.