Welcome to Food For Neighbors

More than 8,300 students are receiving food support at 47 area middle and high schools with Food For Neighbors!

At Food For Neighbors, we're helping students who struggle with hunger.  Through our Red Bag Program, we provide a platform for middle and high schools to engage volunteers from their local community to work together to collect and distribute food every week. Our program began in Herndon, VA, and has since expanded throughout Northern Virginia. Our mission is to reach even more students in more schools. Learn more about how we started, where we are today and how you can help!

Request a Bag

Would you like to donate food through our Red Bag Program?

Request your Red Bag today!


You can also "fill" a Virtual Bag.


Upcoming Events

The next bag collection is

September 14.

Please leave your bag out

no later than 8:30 a.m.

For the upcoming Red Bag dates, 

click here.

About Our Red Bags

Click here for a grocery list of the food items we collect.


For more information, visit our

Red Bags FAQs.


Our Most Recent Collection

For the April 2024 Red Bag Event, we collected 25,804 lbs of food from 1,969 participating households


Thank you to all our generous donors and volunteers!


You Make a Difference!

Since Nov 2016, our Red Bag Program has collected over 503,059 lbs of food for local students. We now have more than 3,000 households participating in the Red Bag Program, plus more than 3,400 volunteers driving, sorting and distributing food throughout the year.

Look How We've Grown!

At our first collection in November 2016, we collected 550 lbs of food from 60 participating households. We provided food to two local Herndon schools, and we have grown to support more than 7,500 students at 47 middle and high schools in Northern VA (click here for a list of schools).


Community Partners

We're fortunate to have businesses, big and small, share their wonderful community spirit with us. Consider becoming a Food For Neighbors partner.


If you're interested in making a monetary gift, sponsoring one of our Red Bag Events, connecting us with a grant or outreach opportunity, or providing hands-on service, we would love to hear from you!


Communty Champion and Gold Level Sponsors

How to Bring Food For Neighbors to Your Middle or High School


Does your school need supplemental weekend food to help support students who struggle with food insecurity? We would love to talk to you about bringing the Food For Neighbors program to your area.


Our Programs: How We Help

"Thank you so much, our families quite literally could not make it through this without the support you provide in easing this aspect of their lives."   ~ School Social Worker


Food For Neighbors is having a positive impact on the local community. Read more about the various programs we offer to address food insecurity throughout the community.


Do your little bit of good where you are;

it's those little bits of good put together that will overwhelm the world.

~ Desmond Tutu


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Food for Neighbors® is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) public charity and your donation is tax-deductible under U.S. tax law. To claim a donation as an itemized deduction on your taxes, please keep your email donation receipt that we will send you. Any funds raised in excess of our goal for any particular project will be automatically applied to the other ongoing work of Food for Neighbors.

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