$25 buys a gallon of milk for 15 families. $50 provides a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs for 20 families. $250 buys 5 days of meals for 5 families. $500 supplies weekend food packs to 125 school children.
Food for Others, Inc.
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Food for Others operates four core services. First, emergency food is provided to individuals and families referred by social services organizations to the Food for Others' warehouse in Merrifield, Virginia. These clients are provided with several days' worth of food thus buying time for other sources of assistance to be arranged or for the crisis to pass. Clients are able to shop for their food in "My Market," a small, grocery store-type setting. Additionally, 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, Falls Church, and Arlington County. 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?"
The third service is our distribution to Community Partners. These are approximately 22 local Northern Virginia community-based organizations that visit Food for Others on a weekly or monthly basis to pick up large quantities of food for their clients. Our community partners serve the elderly, home-bound, homeless, school children, and other populations at risk of hunger.
Lastly, Food for Others provides weekend food to children through our Power Pack Program (P3). 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. This program feeds more than 2,000 children each week.
These four food distributions would not be possible without a variety of food sources. A large portion of the food that FFO distributes is rescued from local grocery stores. Food for Others staff and volunteers visit nearby stores to pick up good food that would be thrown away due to an upcoming “sell-by” date. The food is then brought to our 16,000 square foot warehouse complete with two walk in refrigerators and a freezer which allow us to store and distribute perishable foods. We also receive food donations from community food drives, individual donors, gardeners, the Capital Area Food Bank, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Any necessary food items that we do not receive from donations we purchase. To ensure our clients have access to plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, FFO partners with local farms and farmers’ markets which donate unsold produce for our clients.
In the last year, Food for Others distributed food to 50,160 individuals (we served many of these individuals more than once). Overall, we distributed 2,409,276 pounds of food to families in need. Our clients are families, single people, the elderly, the young, the sick, the homeless, the employed, and unemployed; they are Caucasian, Asian, African American and Hispanic. We provide them with free food which enables them to put their limited resources toward other necessities like housing, healthcare, and transportation.