Food for Others' mission is to obtain and distribute free food to the hungry of Northern Virginia and support food programs of other community-based organizations. We provide a channel for people to volunteer their services to help their neighbors in need.

Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia, provides the assistance vitally needed by our unemployed and low-income neighbors. We provide a safety net for people who suddenly face unforeseen emergencies such as a family illness or the loss of a job or a spouse.

Even though Northern Virginia is considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, we still face a poverty rate of about 5%. This means, based on U.S. Census figures, that more than 90,000 people are living in poverty and 30 percent are children.

Food for Others is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization funded in part by the Fairfax and Arlington County governments. We also receive funding from foundations, churches and many generous individuals. A small but dedicated staff and the hard work of over 1,000 volunteers allow us to keep our costs low and maximize our service to those in need.

Financial contributions to Food for Others are tax-deductible.  Donors will receive a tax receipt acknowledgement of their donation.

As an organization dedicated to sound fiscal management and transparency, we are providing easy access to our IRS 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax . For additional information about Food for Others, please see our Annual Report.

Meet Food for Others


Empty Bowls

Friday, April 25

Floris UMC

13600 Frying Pan


Herndon, 20171

For tickets call




You can now buy food and have it sent directly to Food for Others from Amazon.com. See our

Amazon Wish List


We are in great need of the following items:

Canned meats

Canned chili

Canned fruit

Canned pastas

Macaroni & cheese

Reusable grocery bags




Did you know?

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, Food for Others distributed almost 2.3 million pounds of free food to families in need in Northern Virginia