Seasonal Announcements


Fairfax County Farmers Markets 2016
Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance
Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

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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Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is now accepting applications for the Crisis Assistance Program.

Crisis Assistance program helps households in emergency situations by providing primary heat security deposits and funding the repair or replacement of heating equipment. There must be a heating emergency, such as:

  • Lack of heat

  • Imminent utility cut-off

  • Inoperable or unsafe heating equipment

The application period for equipment-related assistance is November 1, 2016 through March 15, 2017.

The application period for heating fuel and utility bill assistance is the first workday in January through March 15, 2017.

Fuel Assistance program helps eligible low-income households with the costs of heating their homes. The application period is October 11 through November 14, 2016.

Eligibility and income limit information for both programs can be found here.


Apply Online - OR - download an application online, fill it out and mail it to:

Fairfax County Department of Family Services - Pennino Building
c/o Energy Assistance
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 232
Fairfax, VA 22035

You may also request an application by calling 703-787-3100 (TTY 711) or pick one up at any of the four Fairfax County regional offices:

Fairfax County Department of Family Services

  • Pennino Building
    12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 232
    Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Annandale, Heritage Center, West Wing
    7611 Little River Turnpike
    Annandale, VA 22003
  • Reston - Lake Anne Office Building
    11484 Washington Plaza West, 4th Floor
    Reston, VA 20190
  • Richmond Highway/Alexandria - South County Center
    8350 Richmond Highway (Route 1), 4th floor
    Alexandria, VA 22309

For more information, call the Department of Family Services’ Energy Assistance phone line at 703-787-3100; TTY 711.

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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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