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1612, 2019

Rx for Food

By |December 16th, 2019|

As the Executive Director of a food bank/pantry, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to reach hungry people in our community. Even though we serve over 30,000 individuals each year, we know that 75,000 people live in poverty in Northern Virginia. That gap keeps me up at night. How do we reach people who don’t

1012, 2019

Why I love volunteering at Food for Others . . .

By |December 10th, 2019|

I have been at Food for Others for about three years as one of our volunteers.  I will be starting my fourth year in 2020. For my first two and a half years I worked on the Power Pack Program, but now I work on both sides of the warehouse : in P3 and as the produce assistant.

412, 2019

Give your freezer a makeover to reduce your food waste

By |December 4th, 2019|

How much food do you think you throw away every year? Ten pounds? Twenty pounds? The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that each American tosses out 225-290 pounds of food annually. That’s the weight of two teenagers! You can do the math - a family of four creates roughly one thousand pounds of food waste in a year,

2111, 2019

Food for Others raising money to fund a mobile food pantry

By |November 21st, 2019|

We have an audacious goal at Food for Others this holiday season. We know that there are families in need of food that we’re not reaching, and we’re going to do something about it. We’re counting on you to help. A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the economics of living in our region and how many

2011, 2019

Reducing Your Refrigerated Food Waste

By |November 20th, 2019|

A lot of food goes to waste in the typical U.S. family’s kitchen. TIME reported that the average family throws away $640 worth of food every year. That’s enough to feed a family of four for a whole month! At Food for Others, it is important for us to try to reduce this waste in our own homes because

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