Stuff the Bus


We need your help.

As the holiday decorations come down and the cold winter months settle in, many people continue to go hungry in our community. For many local, nonprofit food pantries, this is the time of year where donations drop to one of the lowest points. To help address this need, Fairfax County is promoting "Stuff the Bus: Helping Fairfax Families," at 13 locations from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17. This collaborative program, now in its fourth year, is a partnership among Fairfax County Government, local grocery stores and nonprofits to restock the shelves.

Each week a Fastran bus staffed by MV Transportation personnel will park at a different location and collect food donations. The campaign kicks off Jan. 18, the weekend leading up to the Martin Luther King Day of Service, and will run each weekend until President’s Day, Feb. 17.

All donation hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 18

Fair City Mall Shoppers
9622 Main Street
Fairfax, VA  22031
Benefiting Our Daily Bread

Fox Mill Giant
2551 John Milton Dr.
Herndon, VA 20171
Benefiting Helping Hungry Kids

Oakton Giant
2932 Chain Bridge Road
Oakton, VA 22124
Benefiting Committee for Helping Others

Jan. 25

Clifton Giant
5740 Union Mill Rd.
Clifton, VA 20124
Benefiting Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

Lorton Valley Giant
8941 Ox Rd.
Lorton, VA 22079
Benefiting Lorton Community Action Center

Feb. 1

Annandale Giant
7137 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Benefiting Annandale Christian Community for Action

McLean Giant
1454 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA 22101
Benefiting Share, Inc.

Feb. 8

Fairfax Walmart
11181 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA  22030
Benefiting James Mott Community Assistance Program 

Village Center at Dulles Shoppers
2425 Centreville Road
Herndon, VA  20171
Benefiting Cornerstones

Feb. 15

Falls Church Giant
1230 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Benefiting Falls Church Community Service Council

Mt. Vernon Plaza Shoppers
7660 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA  22306
Benefiting United Community Ministries

Feb. 17

Cardinal Forest Giant
8320 Old Keene Mill Rd.
Springfield, VA 22152
Benefiting Ecumenical Community Helping Others

Kingstowne Giant
5870 Kingstowne Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22315
Benefitting Koinonia Foundation

 

 

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"Stuff the Bus is an important component in restocking pantries after the holidays," noted Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. "The need for healthy food is ever growing and the interest for Fairfax County residents to help is there, so we are happily providing the bridge to bring them together." 

This program was initiated by Fairfax County and MV Transportation to combat a drop of food donations after the holidays and to address the rise in food security issues across the county:

  • 47,000 Fairfax County Public Schools students have food security issues and qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.
  • 12 percent of children under the age of 18 in Fairfax County (30,930 out of 258,326 children) are food insecure. ( source)
  • In 2010, 1 out of 5 county students reported going hungry at least some of the time in the past 30 days.
  • Since 2008, the number of food stamp participants in Fairfax County increased more than 115 percent, which equals more than 4.5 percent of the population accessing the food stamp program.

"Food pantries address a critical need which is especially acute after the holidays, the Stuff the Bus campaign helps us help our community. Its importance to helping stock the shelves can't be overstated," said Roxanne Rice, executive director, Food for Others.

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