Our mission is to distribute food to our neighbors in need by mobilizing our giving community and volunteers.
In our nation’s capital area, the high cost of living forces many families who are struggling to make ends meet to choose between spending money for food, or on other basic needs such as housing and healthcare. Since 1995, Food for Others has been helping many of these families.
Food for Others is an important part of Northern Virginia’s safety net for those needing food when an emergency strikes and for the growing number of working poor who need to supplement their inadequate food supplies.
Food for Others obtains much of its food through food rescue operations and food drives. Staff and volunteers pick up good food that would have been discarded by local grocery stores and other retail food establishments. The food is brought to the warehouse for temporary storage, including refrigeration as appropriate. Food drives provide the majority of our non-perishable food.
Local merchants, the USDA, food drives, and crop harvests provide the food; volunteers and staff provide the hands; and charitable contributions and fundraising events provide the funds. Charitable contributions are a major part of Food for Others’ budget.
Inclement Weather Policy
In case of inclement weather, Food for Others will follow the closing schedule of the Fairfax County Government. Under exceptional circumstances, Food for Others may also close early or close entirely at the discretion of our executive director. If you have any question about whether the office is open or not, please check the main page of our website or call us at (703) 207-9173 before you visit.
Food for Others respects the privacy of our donors and we will not sell or trade a donor’s personal information to any other entity without the express permission of the donor.