Food For Neighbors is an organization operated and supported by local donors, volunteers and businesses who care about the kids 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.
Our mission is to end child hunger in the Northern VA area by raising awareness and community involvement. Through awareness comes a desire to help because no one believes a child should struggle with hunger.
We work with individuals from neighborhoods that have students attending our schools. We call them our Neighborhood Champions (NCs) and we rely on them to help identify families and businesses that will partner with us. Our NCs distribute bags to be filled by the partners. The partners then fill the bag with items from our list and we collect the bags bi-monthly on a designated Saturday morning. The food is then given to the schools and they distribute it to their identified students every week via their school pantry or a Weekend Snack Program.
As PTA President of her son’s middle school, Karen first became aware of the high percentage of students participating in the free and reduced-price lunch programs. She learned that many of these students participated in Saturday service projects because lunch was provided. A Social Worker shared that many of the students didn’t have food over the weekends and relied on the school providing breakfast and lunch during the school week – often their only meals for the day!
Upon further investigation she learned that many groups and organizations helped the elementary students in this situation. The challenge came in finding groups to support a weekend food program for the older students attending middle and high school. The reasons were mostly about numbers. There were just too many students in need.
Karen and her husband Mark decided that they could support these older kids with the help of the local community. Knowing they would need a team of volunteers and more resources to sustain weekend snack programs at the schools, they founded Food For Neighbors.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. - Mahatma Ghandi
The next bag collection will be Saturday, Sept. 12.
Please leave your bag out no later than 8:30am.
Upcoming Red Bag dates, here.
Add dates to your calendar here.
For the March 2020 collection, we received over
11,000 pounds of food
from over 900 participating households.
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