“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” —Douglas Adams

In our nation’s capital area, many families are struggling to provide for basic needs like food and shelter. Unfortunately, many times, some cannot even afford that. Since 1995, Food for Others has been helping many of these families.

Our mission is to distribute food to our neighbors in need by mobilizing our giving community and volunteers.

Food for Others is an important part of Northern Virginia’s safety net for those needing food when an emergency strikes, and for the growing number of working poor who are unable to make ends meet and need to supplement their inadequate food supplies.

Food for Others obtains much of its food through food rescue operations and food drives. Staff and volunteers pick up good food that would be thrown away from local grocery stores and other retail food establishments. The food is brought to the warehouse for temporary storage, including refrigeration as appropriate. Food drives provide most of our non-perishable food.

Local merchants, the USDA, food drives, and crop harvests provide the food; volunteers and staff provide the hands; and charitable contributions and fundraising events provide the funds. Charitable contributions provide a major part of Food for Others’ budget.

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather, Food for Others will follow the closing schedule of the Fairfax County Government (not the schools). Under exceptional circumstances, Food for Others may also close early or close entirely at the discretion of our executive director. If you have any question about whether the office is open or not, please call us at (703) 207-9173 before you visit.

Privacy Policy

Food for Others respects the privacy of our donors and we will not sell or trade a donor’s personal information to any other entity without the express permission of the donor.

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