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Summer Meals for Kids
Fan Care Program
Fairfax County Farmers Markets 2016
NCS Summer RECQuest Summer Camps - 2016
Summer Reading Program
Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

Summer Meals for Kids

Free Summer Meals Program for Kids

Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation

In Fairfax County almost 51,000 children are eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year. For many of these kids, when the school year ends, so does the opportunity for consistent, nutritious meals. Fortunately, there is a program that provides nutritious meals to children during the summer.

The Summer Meals for Kids Program provides free, healthy meals to kids ages 5 to 18. Sites provide breakfast and/or lunch as indicated (see lists of open and closed sites for details). 

Site and eligibility information for the 2016 Summer Meals for Kids Program:

     Open Sites - Open to all children free of charge

     Closed Sites - Recipients must meet eligibility requirements* 

For more information, please contact Brent Quarles at 703-324-5330, TTY 711, or by e-mail at

*To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Children who are part of households that receive SNAP, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDP1R), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

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Fan Care Program

The Fan Care Program - June 1 - Sept. 30 

The Fan Care program is another way to help older Fairfax area residents stay safe in thesummer heat. This electric fan distribution program, sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with the Virginia Department for the Aging, annually provides a limited number of free fans or window air conditioners to eligible senior adults in the Fairfax area.

 Eligibility requirements can be found here. There is a limit of one fan per household.

The Fan Care program begins on June 1 and runs through the end of September.

To request an application, call the Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services – Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-7694,, TTY 703-449-1186..

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Fairfax County Farmers Markets 2016

From May to November, Fairfax County's 11 farmers markets come to life with a feast for the senses. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, freshly baked bread and pastries are available, along with cheeses, fresh eggs, meats and other foods. Some vendors also carry gardening plants of all sizes.

All products sold are produced by vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County soyou can be assured that the produce you purchase at Park Authority Farmers Markets is fresh, locally-grown and consistently good. Stop by and shop at your local Farmers Market today!

Four Farmers Market locations accept SNAP/EBT cards for payment of goods: McCutcheon/Mount Vernon, Lorton, Herndon and Reston. All four offer Double Dollars by matching SNAP benefits used topurchase fresh produce, up to $20 per market. See below for a full list of markets and directions to each.

More information: or call 703-642-0128, TTY 703-803-3354.




McCutcheon/Mount Vernon: May 4 – Dec 14,  
8 a.m.–Noon

Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane

* SNAP accepted, Double Dollar program! *



Oak Marr: May 4 – November 16, 8 a.m. - Noon

Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road



Wakefield: May 4 - October 26, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road



McLean: May 6 - November 18, 8 a.m. - Noon

Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road

Market closed on May 20 for McLean Day preparations



Kingstowne: May 6 - October 28, 4 p.m. -7 p.m.

In Giant parking lot, 5935 Kingstowne Towne Center





Annandale: May 5 - November 10,  8 a.m. - Noon

Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike



Herndon: May 5 - November 10, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Old Town Herndon, 700 Block of Lynn St., By the Red Caboose

* SNAP accepted, Double Dollar program! *



Government Center: May 5 – Oct 27, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy



Burke: May 7 - December 17, 8 a.m. - Noon

VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway



Reston: May 7 - November 12, 8 a.m. - Noon

Lake Anne Village Center, 11401 North Shore Drive

Market closed for Multicultural Festival, Sept 24

* SNAP accepted, Double Dollar program! *




Lorton: May 1 - November 13, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd.

* SNAP accepted, Double Dollar program! *


In addition to the Fairfax County farmers markets, Capital Area Food Bank offers a farmers market-style food distribution of fresh produce at Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road in Reston. Schedule is every 2nd Saturday year-round from 10 a.m. to noon. 

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NCS Summer RECQuest Summer Camps - 2016

NCS Summer RECQuest

Camp for children who will enter grades 1 through 6 in the fall of 2016.

Dates: June 27 through September 2, 2015 (closed July 4th)

Hours: Vary by site

Cost: Sliding fee scale $30-$70/Week, discounts for each additional child $25-$65/Week

Scholarships are available, must speak to staff at site, Inclusion sites available.

Website for registration and information:  


Bailey's Community Center

5920 Summers Lane

Falls Church, VA 22041

Phone: 703-931-7027, TTY 711


James Lee Community Center

2855-A Annandale Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

Phone: 703-534-3387, TTY 711


David R. Pinn Community Center

10225 Zion Drive

Fairfax, VA 22032

Phone: 703-250-9181, TTY 711


Mott Community Center

12111 Braddock Road

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-278-8605, TTY 711


Gum Springs Community Center

8100 Fordson Road

Alexandria, VA 22306

Phone: 703-360-6088, TTY 711


Southgate Community Center

12125 Pinecrest Road

Reston, VA 20191

Phone: 703-860-0676, TTY 711


Huntington Community Center

5751 Liberty Drive

Alexandria, VA 22303

Phone: 703-960-1917, TTY 711


Willston Multicultural Center

6131 Willston Drive

Falls Church, VA 22044

Phone: 703-536-8943, TTY 711





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Summer Reading Program

2016 Summer Reading Challenge – June 23 – September 3

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children and teens to read for pleasure during summer vacation.

Suggested books. (Using our reading lists is not required.)

Sign up and record your books online or get a reading log at your library.

Special prize drawings for kids who finish their books!

Special events for kids, teens and families!

Complete your reading and come in to your library branch by September 3 to receive a coupon book full of free and discounted prizes.
(One coupon book per reader; lost coupon books will not be replaced.)

Sponsored by the Fairfax Public Library in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools.

If you have special circumstances, please contact us.

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Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

CommonHelp Online Application

CommonHelp is the Commonwealth of Virginia's fast and easy way to apply online for many Virginia social services assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Energy Assistance and Child Care. Through a single online site, you can find out what assistance you might be eligible for and submit one application saving you time and effort.

The website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Fairfax County to find out if they might be able to get: 


If you already know you are eligible for services, a Virginia Commonhelp account will allow you to quickly and easily:

  • Check and renew benefits

  • Link your account to a specific case

  • Report changes to your account

  • Update your account information

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