Welcome to Food For Neighbors!

More than 5,800 students are receiving food support at 42 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

January 13

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 November 2023 Red Bag Event, we collected 24,643 lbs of food from 1,884 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 427,000 lbs of food for local students. We now have more than 2,500 households participating in the Red Bag Program, plus more than 2,600 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 5,800 students at 42 middle and high schools in Northern VA (click here for a list of schools).


Community Partners

Local businesses, faith-based organizations, school groups and foundations are making a difference by partnering with Food For Neighbors, donating resources, pledging monetary gifts, hosting food drives and hosting fundraisers.  


Find out how your organization can become a Community Partner.


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.


What Others Are Saying...

"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 what our school counselors, social workers, program recipients, community partners and volunteers are saying about their involvement with our organization.

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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