National Site: Food for Others VA

Background

Volunteer Outreach

Best practices on volunteer outreach in Fairfax County.

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Donor Relations

Tips for managing relationships with farmers from Food for Others in Virginia.

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Marketing Gleaning Program to Farmers

Tips on how to present the benefits of gleaning to growers.

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Produce Recovery

Farmer's Market Recovery

Farmer's Market Recovery in Fairfax County.

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Gardens

Learn how Food for Others started a community garden.

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Education

Tips for food pantry client nutrition and cooking education.

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U-Pick Orchards Gleaning

Set up U-Pick gleans using Food For Others' best practices.

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Food for Others officially began feeding the hungry from its Merrifield site in 1995.  Today food supply, storage and distribution activities are made possible by a network of active volunteers, supporting churches and organizations, grocery stores, farms, gardens, farmers markets,  and retail food contributor in addition to the receiving community centers, soup kitchens, and food pantries who together are dedicated to feeding the hungry of Northern Virginia.  Nine staff members are employed full time to handle operations at our warehouse.  All officers and directors are volunteers who work without compensation.  Volunteers staff the office and are responsible for program administration and fund raising.

Food for Others provides free food to those in need throughout Northern Virginia.  We distribute food in 4 ways, through our emergency warehouse distributions, through our 17 neighborhood sites across Northern Virginia that occur on weeknights, through our 14 community partners, and through our weekend food program for children at 29 Fairfax County Schools.  Across all programs we serve an average of 1,800 families per week.   Currently, we are focusing on providing healthier foods to our clients because we know that poor nutrition can have lasting detrimental effects on our community.