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.

COVID-19 Update: 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.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Annandale; Bailey's Cross Roads; Culmore; Burke - Summit Oaks; Burke - Crevenna Oaks; Fairfax Circle; Seven Corners - Willston; Seven Corners - Patrick Henry; Springfield Gardens; Springfield - Chelsea Square; Springfield - Edsall Park; Falls Church - Ellison; Falls Church - Hollywood; Arlington - South Dickerson; Arlington - Barcroft; Arlington - Gunston

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Annandale Terrace Elementary School; Beech Tree Elementary School; Belvedere Elementary School; Braddock Elementary School; Camelot Elementary School; Center Ridge Elementary School; Fairfax Villa Elementary School; Forest Edge Elementary School; Forestdale Elementary School; Freedom Hill Elementary School; Graham Road Elementary School; Herndon Elementary School; Lake Anne Elementary School; Louise Archer Elementary School; Mason Crest Elementary School; Mount Eagle Elementary School; Parklawn Elementary School; Riverside Elementary School; Rose Hill Elementary School; Shrevewood Elementary School; Sleepy Hollow Elementary School; Springfield Estates Elementary School; Timber Lane Elementary School; Woodburn Elementary School; Woodlawn Elementary School; Virginia Run Elementary School; Belle View Elementary School; Gum Springs Elementary School

Awards & Recognition

Featured in the 2010/11 Catalogue for Philanthropy.
"One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region."
Featured in the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Received 2014 Distinguished Partner award from Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.
Received Volunteer Administrator of the Year in 2013 from Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration.
Received Volunteer Program of the Year award in 2014 from Volunteer Fairfax for Food for Others Power Pack Program.


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Food for Others is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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