Unfortunately, hunger in Northern Virginia has not eased with the economic boom we have experienced. Rapidly rising costs of living, extraordinary housing and transportation costs, and layoffs and changes in the job markets continue to impact our neighbors.
Free emergency food distributions are made from our warehouse and are given to people who are referred to us by social service providers throughout the area including social workers, clergy, hospitals, and schools. The amount can provide nutrition for a family for three-to-five days.
Families who meet U.S. Government income guidelines may also be eligible to receive USDA food supplements.
Direct free food distributions are made at 16 street sites in low-income neighborhoods. We provide supplemental food for approximately 395 families each night at these sites. Eleven sites are in Fairfax County, three are in Arlington, and two are in Falls Church.
Hunger is a symptom of other problems: homelessness, poverty, unemployment, and health issues. Food for Others’ Community Partners fight these larger problems and are better able to maximize their resources with our help. We make bulk distributions of food to more than 25 other charitable organizations that support homeless shelters, and deliveries to the elderly, as well as church and community center pantries.
The Power Pack Program (P3) was created to provide elementary-school children with a food pack for the weekend. The packs contain two breakfast items, two lunch items, two dinner items, two snack items, and two drinks packed in a gallon-sized Ziplock bag. We need volunteers to donate food for the packs, assemble the packs, and/or deliver the packs to the elementary schools we serve for Friday distribution. Individuals and groups, such as clubs, faith-based organizations, and businesses can do any or all of the following to help this program succeed:
For more information on this program you may contact Nikki Clifford firstname.lastname@example.org This opportunity is very flexible and provides volunteering opportunities for groups of all sizes and individuals.