The ’08 recession brought a huge increase in the number of people seeking emergency food – and demand has not fallen significantly since then. FFO relies on the generosity of the community to help neighbors who, with the high cost of living in Northern Virginia, are unable to meet basic needs. It is the first stop for those in crisis (including working families with children), providing emergency food to those without, bulk supplies to community partners, supplementary food at 17 sites in low-income neighborhoods, and weekend backpack food for hungry children at 28 Fairfax County elementary schools. Moreover, it creates opportunities for neighbors to help one another in times of need: last year, volunteers logged over 27,000 hours to serve 1,800 households weekly. With your help, the FFO team will be sure that no one is left hungry.
The number of families seeking food directly from the warehouse has increased from 60 per day to 150 per day. Normally delivering 2 million pounds of food per year, Food for Others distributed 2.4 million in the fiscal year ending June 30. A greater percentage of that food must be purchased, and temporary staff compensate for the loss of volunteers. But families need to be fed and the work goes on.