$20 provides a gallon of milk for 8 families
Food for Others, Inc.
Food for Others operates four core services.
- First, emergency food is provided to individuals and families referred by social service organizations to the Food for Others' warehouse in Merrifield, Virginia. These clients are able to obtain several days' worth of food thus buying time for other sources of assistance to be arranged or for the crisis to pass. Clients meeting the income eligibility guidelines may return monthly for U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) at the warehouse. The warehouse is open for these programs Monday through Friday, 9:30am until 5:00pm.
- The second service is Neighborhood Site distributions that occur weeknights at 16 sites in low-income neighborhoods across Fairfax County (11 sites), Falls Church (2 sites), and Arlington County (3 sites). Volunteers pick up food at the warehouse and then distribute it at these designated locations. Northern Virginians in need of free food line up and are served after answering the only question asked: "How many people are in your family?" These various sites are currently serviced a total of 28 times each week at 6pm or 6:30pm.
- The third service is our distribution to Community Partners. These are approximately 15 local Northern Virginia community-based organizations that come to Food for Others on a monthly basis. In providing this service, Food for Others functions as a food bank. These groups pick up food at the warehouse, and in turn, offer it to the elderly, home-bound, homeless, school children, and other client populations at risk of hunger.
- Lastly, Food for Others provides weekend food to children through our Power Pack Program (P3). Too many children in our area have little or close to nothing to eat between their lunch at school on Friday and the breakfast that is served Monday morning. Distributed on Friday afternoons, P3 provides elementary school-aged children with a pack of food to alleviate the child's hunger over the weekend and allow them to focus more on their school work.
From January through June of 2016, we served 1,980 children at 28 schools in Fairfax County. These four food distributions would not be possible without a variety of food sources. Volunteers and staff pick up most of the Food for Others stock from donor organizations. Contributed food is then augmented as needed through acquisitions from food banks, food wholesalers, food drives, and produce gleaning activities. Nine full-time employees handle these operations with the help of over 1,000 volunteers. From January through July 2016 Food for Others made 11,911 distributions of emergency and/or USDA food from the warehouse (804,189 pounds of food); counted 14,910 household visits at the Neighborhood Sites (222,602 pounds); distributed 117,646 pounds of food to Community Partners for their use in low-income neighborhoods; and delivered 119,113 pounds of food to elementary-school children for weekend consumption.
Our clients are families, single people, the elderly, the young, the homeless, the employed, and unemployed; they are Caucasian, Asian, African American and Hispanic. The one thing they have in common is their need for help and we provide that in the form of free food that enables them to utilize their other resources for the other great needs in their lives.