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).
In the past year, 42 percent of the food we distributed was obtained through rescue operations.
This food 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.
Through the Rx for Food program, doctors screen their patients for food insecurity and refer them to Food for Others with a prescription for food.
Families with a prescription for food may fill the prescription at our warehouse. Since this program began in 2017, Food for Others has filled a total of 579 prescriptions for 2,515 individuals.