Last yearís numbers say it all: 30,146 visitors; 285,000 pounds of food; 10,425 volunteer hours. Whether a person is homeless, living on disability, elderly and needy, or just struggling to make ends meet, the Columbia Baptist Spend Yourself Food Pantry sends a clear message: come and you will be fed. Founded in 1980 to offer canned goods to just a few families, it has since expanded to provide bread, fresh produce, frozen meat, and other groceries to some 145 Fairfax County families each week. No referrals are required, and in an environment of dignity and respect, volunteers greet many clients by name. And clients can contribute too: they assist in the pantry, and are welcome to help grow herbs and vegetables in the on-site garden. This impressive operation is run entirely by volunteers and, thanks to the generosity of Columbia Baptist Church and other partners, 100% of revenue is used to purchase food. Demand increases each year, but the Food Pantry is committed to feeding everyone who comes. Letís make certain that continues.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

  • # of families served in 2014:   7,543
  • Number of hours of volunteer work in 2016:   13,422
  • Number of family visits in 2016:   9,772
  • Pounds of food distributed in 2016:   363,279

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Columbia Baptist Spend Yourself Food Pantry is: Less than $500k

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