Food Resources and Programs in Fairfax County
Food security includes not only access to food, but the nutritional quality of that food as the foundation to overall health and wellness. While Fairfax County has a low food-insecurity rate compared to other counties in the nation, it has the highest number of food insecure in Virginia with approximately 58,000 residents food insecure with over 23,000 children suffering from food insecurity. The Fairfax Food Council promotes screening for food insecurity and has created a resource guide to help identify available food resources and programs in Fairfax County.
Food Resources Map
This application was designed to help Fairfax County individuals and families find the nearest food resources to their location. The FCPS distribution sites have been established to provide breakfast and lunch meals (Monday - Friday) while schools are closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Other sites are provided by neighborhood centers, community centers, and other non-profit providers.
Britepaths' services are designed to help individuals and families in the Fairfax County area who are struggling to make ends meet. Often, they are working hard, but they live paycheck-to-paycheck. Any kind of unexpected expense, such as a car repair, rent hike or medical expenses, can throw them into a financial crisis. Our primary offerings Stabilize Families by providing short-term food and financial assistance and Build Resilience by providing mentoring, classes and longer-term guidance that help families help themselves out of their crisis and onto a path where they can plan for a stable future. Our Supports for Children, supplemental food at participating schools, school supplies for students in need and holiday meals and gifts for children, relieve financial burdens and provide hope at a time when families are in crisis.
Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.
We envision a community that values all people and shares resources and services to empower those in need to make positive life changes.
Volunteer with Cornerstones VA: https://www.cornerstonesva.org/volunteerops/
Food and Friends
To improve the lives and health of people with HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other serious illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves by:
- preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries that are designed to meet the medical and dietary needs of each of our clients;
- providing nutritional counseling and wellness education that enhances our clients’ quality of life; and
- creating a strong sense of community for both our clients and volunteers that reduces the social isolation that often comes with serious illnesses and provides meaningful opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors in need.
Food for Others
Our mission is to distribute food to our neighbors in need by mobilizing our giving community and volunteers.
In our nation’s capital area, the high cost of living forces many families who are struggling to make ends meet to choose between spending money for food, or on other basic needs such as housing and healthcare. Since 1995, Food for Others has been helping many of these families.
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 need to supplement their inadequate food supplies.
Food For Neighbors...because hunger is closer than you think. Food For Neighbors is an organization operated and supported by local donors, volunteers and businesses who care about the students in their community. We understand the value in helping students obtain a more reliable source of food for their next meal. The social workers we partner with attest to the positive impact our program is having on their students. We are committed to ending hunger in all of Northern Virginia to help give all students a chance to succeed.
Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank leads our region’s efforts to provide good, healthy food to people struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Each year, we source and distribute the food for over 30 million meals.
Our mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. The organization provides hands-on culinary job training for individuals facing high barriers to employment while creating living wage jobs and bringing nutritious, dignified food where it is most needed. DCCK’s social ventures include serving scratch-cooked farm-to-school meals in DC schools, delivering fresh, affordable produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without supermarkets, and operating a fast-casual cafe.
GMU Food Recovery Network
The Food Recovery Network unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need.
The Patriot Pantry provides access to non-perishable food items and toiletries to George Mason University students who are unable to afford them. We raise awareness about food insecurity and homelessness within the Mason student population. We strive to educate and unite our community.
The Patriot Pantry is primarily managed by student workers with the assistance of volunteers. The Pantry is housed under the Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC) in the Division of University Life. In addition to providing non-perishable food and personal items, we also strive to educate student users about the resources available on campus and in the surrounding community.
Visit this link for additional community resources https://ssac.gmu.edu/patriot-pantry/ .
Food Research and Action Center
For 50 years, FRAC has been working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States.
Bills they Support
The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger. Donors, staff, and volunteers all play an important role in our efforts to end hunger in the United States.
Campaign to End Hunger
The Farm Bill is the centerpiece federal legislation for food and farming, and it impacts access to nutritious food for the millions of American families struggling with hunger. Feeding America works every day to support the protection and expansion of federal nutrition programs to ensure families do not go hungry.
Ask your Member of Congress to visit a food bank
Child Nutrition Programs
Tell your Member of Congress not to take food from struggling families
The single largest program aimed at curbing hunger in America is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Congress is now looking for ways to cut programs. In the past, proposed program cuts have come from SNAP and that could happen again. And if they cut SNAP, there's one guaranteed outcome: more hungry Americans.
- Donate to the Patriot Pantry:
Patriot Pantry’s online Amazon Wish List.
To contribute monetarily to the Patriot Pantry, please donate to the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Fund.
The Embry Rucker Community Shelter (Cornerstones) and food pantry wish lists are available on Amazon. Click here to see needed items
- Donate to Fairfax County Animal Shelter
View our Amazon Wish List to send us items we need! (If you shop on Amazon, you have the option of designating the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter as your charity of choice via Amazon Smile, which generates even more donations to help our shelter pets!)
Every dollar provides 2 meals to people in need. Those meals make it possible for a child to focus in school, for a mom to make it through her night shift and pay her family’s bills, and for a senior citizen to avoid life-threatening illnesses. Your generosity can transform lives. Thank you!