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.
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.
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