Coronavirus Update - Food Resources for Families

Finding help with food assistance when schools are closed

Food Resources

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency continues to evolve, we understand that individuals and families in our communities may have food assistance needs.  

Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools have worked together to develop a searchable map that includes community food distribution sites, including FCPS grab and go locations, community meal distribution sites, food pantries, and other related services.

Map of Food Resources in Fairfax County

Searchable map of FCPS and community food distribution sites

FCPS is committed to providing information to assist families that rely on free and reduced priced school meals and is providing grab and go meals at no cost for students as several sites throughout the county. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal during these time periods. 

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food.

FCPS is providing grab and go meals at several schools and community centers, pop-up locations, and along several bus routes throughout the county. The FCPS sites, locations, bus routes, and curbside service are available Monday-Friday only. 

Curbside Pickup

Both breakfast and lunch are available for pick up between 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Curbside meal pick-up stations are generally located in the bus lanes at the schools or in the kiss and ride area. Look for the canopy tent along with Food and Nutrition Services staff, who will deliver meals directly to vehicles. 

Walk-ups are still welcome at all sites. Walkers are asked to use school sidewalks to safely navigate their walk to the pick-up stations.

FCPS sites 

Breakfast and lunch (both meals can be picked up at the same time) are available from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the locations listed below.  The food distribution is set up outside at each site.  

food truck
FCPS Food and Nutrition Services food truck.

Pop-Up Locations 

These "pop-up" grab and go sites serve both breakfast and lunch within the hours listed by site:

USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Fresh fruit and/or vegetable snacks available for students at certain meal distribution sites

Bus Route Meal Service Monday - Friday

School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver grab and go meals.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Assistance with Basic Needs

For basic needs of Fairfax residents, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services administers public assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) formerly Food Stamps, as well as Medicaid. 

We are coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families.

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.

Below are links to resources in every part of Fairfax County to direct families who need this support. 

Donate to the Foundation for FCPS

The Foundation has established the "Fund for Access" to provide support to our most vulnerable students and their families as we navigate through this crisis. Funds raised will provide access to distance learning for the nearly 60,000 students who live in poverty. These students need access to technology, school supplies, and connectivity, as well as nutrition. Thank you for your support.

Community based resources - by areas within Fairfax County - that offer assistance of food for students and families

ALEXANDRIA

Bethlehem Baptist Church will be distributing prepared meals every Friday from 1 pm - 2 pm in the church parking lot.

ECHO - Ecumenical Community Helping Others (zip code 22312)

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Groveton Baptist Church Free clothing is distributed every Thursday evening ( Door 3 ) from 7 PM - 9 PM and Friday from 1 - 3 PM. Food is given away every Friday (Door 1).

Koinonia Foundation (zip code 22310 and 22315)

Rising Hope Milk and Honey Food Pantry. Wednesdays 1:30 pm-3:30 pm and Thursdays 10:00-11:45 am & 3:30-7:30 pm.

United Community (zip codes 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309 and East of Telegraph Rd. for zip codes 22303 & 22310)

YMCA Alexandria 420 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, is distributing free produce on Mondays beginning at 4 pm. Produce is available for anyone, regardless of their affiliation with the YMCA. This will be distributed while supplies last.
 

ANNANDALE

Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)  Food assistance is by referral only.  To request food, contact the Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning office at 703-222-0880.

Annandale United Methodist Church, Mission Center 7901 Heritage Drive, has a free food distribution every Thursday form 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Real Food for Kids - Chefs Feeding Families is collaborating with Pizzeria Paradiso to distribute whole grain, veggie pizzas on Saturdays and Sundays in the Annandale area through June.  The effort will begin this weekend, April 11 and 12, at 2:30 pm each day, until supplies last at:

BURKE

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church Food pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday's of each month.  Hours are 9 am - 11 am.  The pantry now has fresh produce in additional to its regular items.  

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

BurkeGivesBack Community Co-op at Burke United Methodist Church 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015 is open for anyone to receive groceries at the following times:

  • Tuesdays from 1-2 pm
  • Thursdays from 6-7 pm
  • Saturdays from 9-10 am

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (zip code 22015)

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

CHANTILLY / CENTREVILLE

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Ox Hill Baptist Church 4101 Elmwood Street, Chantilly VA 20121.  Free meal distribution for children ages 18 and under each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 noon to 2 pm.  Meals are available to pickup at the church under the carport.  

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

FAIRFAX

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

Capital Area Food Bank

FACETS

Fairfax FISH

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

FAIRFAX STATION / CLIFTON / LORTON

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

Capital Area Food Bank

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Lorton Community Action Center (southeast Fairfax County)

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

FALLS CHURCH

Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) (Bailey’s Crossroad area).  Food assistance is by referral only.  To request food, contact the Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning office at 703-222-0880.

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

Comunidad

Falls Church Community Services Council

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

MCLEAN

RESTON / HERNDON

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

Capital Area Food Bank and Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services at the Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston is offering grab-n-go supper meals for youth Monday - Friday, 3 pm to 4:30 pm.  Activity bags for students will be distributed on Mondays.

Cornerstones

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Herndon-Reston FISH

LINK Against Hunger

She Believes In Me (SBIM) provides emergency food to people in the Herndon area of Northern, Virginia. If you have an emergency food request, please call or text SBIM at 571-446-0060 and leave a message in the mailbox for food assistance. A SBIM volunteer will contact you to verify your need and schedule a delivery as appropriate.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

YMCA Fairfax County/Reston 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, is distributing free produce on Wednesdays 4 pm - 6 pm and Thursdays 9 am - 12 noon.   Produce is available for anyone, regardless of their affiliation with the YMCA. This will be distributed while supplies last. 

SPRINGFIELD / FRANCONIA

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) (Springfield)

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Koinonia Foundation (zip code 22150)

VIENNA / OAKTON

Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to website link for more information.

Committee for Helping Others (CHO)

Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!