$96 (or $4 per pay period) in the year is enough to provide 4 families dinner meats for half the year!
Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC)
Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization works, to break the cycle of poverty through self-sufficiency and youth programs and prevent homelessness by ensuring that people have access to basic needs such as food, clothing and emergency financial assistance for housing and utility costs as well as other resources. LCAC strives to connect people with other programs in the area that will have a positive impact on a family's long-term "health." The organization serves residents living in the following areas of southeast Fairfax County, Virginia: Lorton, Fort Belvoir, and Newington.
Founded in 1975, LCAC is a resource for individuals and families facing the prospect of being unable to pay for housing or other necessities either due to an unforeseen live-changing event (such as job loss, medical condition, or death in the family) or as a result of the ongoing disparity between low incomes and a high cost of living. LCAC serves as a community resource in the following ways:
- Food program: Our organization operates the only food bank in southeast Fairfax County and serves 210+ families each week. Families are eligible to obtain food once each week. The program is managed by one full-time staff person who is supported by almost 100 volunteers. The food pantry, which is open 5-days each week, obtains food from three primary sources: private donations (individuals, faith groups and community groups), grocery stores and the Capital Area Food Bank, where LCAC is able to purchase primarily perishables such as meat and vegetables at a discounted rate.
- Homelessness Prevention: LCAC offers direct financial assistance to prevent eviction or utility disconnection or for other emergency needs. All assistance is provided in the form of a check to a verified utility, rental or medical facility. Checks are issued only after verification of need with an outside entity (landlord, local utility, etc.).
- Self-sufficiency: We strive to empower the people we serve. LCAC operates the following educational outreach programs: English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) courses (offered in partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia), Pro Bono legal assistance, budgeting, resume writing and adult computer courses, along with both basic nutrition classes and graduate courses designed to deepen families nutrition education.
- Youth: LCAC pairs an adult with a below grade level elementary student for one-on-one tutoring in a group setting from October through June. LCAC's after-school program operates in partnership with two local elementary schools. The program is geared for children in 4-6th grade who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program, providing homework help, snacks and enrichment opportunities (lego robotics, art, drama, sports adventure, Japanese, etc.).
- Seasonal Outreach Programs: LCAC organizes a Back 2 School drive as well as a Warm Coat, Thanksgiving and Holiday food and gift drives.