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1211, 2019

A Tale of Two Counties

By |November 12th, 2019|

$114,105 is the amount that a family of four needs to earn to live comfortably in Fairfax County according to the Economic Policy Institute. $33,745 is the maximum amount a family of four can earn in Virginia and still qualify for SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits. Do you see the gap there? In one Fairfax County, people have

711, 2019

Reducing food waste: It can start in our own kitchen cabinets

By |November 7th, 2019|

Reducing Food Waste: It can start in our own kitchens I really hate to throw away food. As a volunteer at Food for Others, I’m continually reminded that hunger is very real, food is not free, and each one of us can be a force for good in the fight against hunger. According to the USDA, 31% of

2210, 2019

Gleaning: an Ancient Practice for the Modern World

By |October 22nd, 2019|

The practice of agricultural gleaning is an ancient one, with historical records indicating it has been in existence for at least 4,000 years. Exactly what is it? It’s quite simple really. People go into fields, orchards, vineyards and gardens after formal harvesting has taken place and pick what ripe produce is left. In ancient times, it was a

1610, 2019

Volunteering can improve your health and lengthen your life

By |October 16th, 2019|

When people sign up to volunteer at Food for Others, they undoubtedly know the positive impact they will have on the local community. What many of our volunteers may not know is the positive impact that volunteering can have on their own mental and physical health, and that volunteering their time at FFO may even be increasing their

710, 2019

How hunger is holding back students on college campuses

By |October 7th, 2019|

Barely a day goes by without a mention in the news of college admission scandals, whether it’s wealthy parents bribing their child’s way in to top schools or elite universities giving preference to the children of wealthy donors. This can leave the impression that all college students are showered with large allowances and have easy access to mom