It’s hard to believe that in Fairfax County, the second richest county in the United States, many children go hungry on weekends! In Northern Virginia, 1 in 6 children is at risk of or experiencing hunger and 1 in 5 children in public school is eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Some children look forward to coming to school, not to study and learn, but to eat free breakfast and lunch!
What do these children eat on weekends? Assistance League of Northern Virginia started our Weekend Food for Kids program in 2010 to help provide supplemental food for children over the weekend when school meals are not available. Thanks to substantial support from Dominion Energy and other generous donors and grantors, Assistance League of Northern Virginia has provided over 11,000 bags of food to hungry children during the school year. The food is distributed to six Title I elementary schools in Fairfax and Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria.
Once a month, volunteers from Assistance League of Northern Virginia, along with volunteers from Dominion Energy and other business and community volunteers, gather at the Dominion Energy’s regional operations center in Herndon to pack the bags of food. The assembly line process for this effort is so efficient that over 1,660 bags of food are packed in less than an hour! Each bag of food is filled with nonperishable food items such as cereal, canned fruit, tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, and pudding. This supplemental food enables the children to come to school on Mondays ready to learn and achieve their full potential.
Since schools were closed due to the pandemic during the 2020-2021 school year, Assistance League of Northern Virginia provided grocery store gift cards instead of nonperishable food to children living in food-insecure households. We provided 4,834 grocery store gift cards valued at $96,680 to needy families at our schools and expanded the program to include the summer months.
How can you help us?
- COME to one of our food packing events and volunteer your time to help our team pack bags. This is a perfect way to expand your business’ philanthropic profile. Please check back to see our start date for this school year.
- SPONSOR our food-packing event for one month or sponsor a recipient school for one year.
- DONATE to our nonprofit!
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