Stuff the Bus 2016

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 its annual "Stuff the Bus: Helping Fairfax Families" program at 14 locations from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, 2016. This collaborative program, now in its sixth 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. 16, 2016, the weekend leading up to the Martin Luther King Day of Service, and will run each weekend until President’s Day, Feb. 15, 2016.

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

Saturday, Jan. 16

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 23

This weekend’s collection events have been canceled due to the coming storm. They have been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 (see below for details).

Saturday, Jan. 30

Falls Church Giant
1230 West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Benefiting Falls Church Community Service Council 

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

Saturday, Feb. 6

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

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

Lorton Giant
8941 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Benefitting Lorton Community Action Center

Saturday, Feb. 13

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

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

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

Monday, Feb. 15

Collection events have been postponed due to inclement weather. They have been rescheduled for Saturday, March 5 (see below for details).  

Saturday, Feb. 27

Dulles Shoppers
2425 Centreville Road
Herndon, VA  20171
Benefitting LINK

Vienna Giant
359 Maple Ave. E
Vienna, VA 22180
Benefitting Committee for Helping Others

Saturday, March 5

Kingstowne Giant
5870 Kingstowne Boulevard
Alexandria, VA 22315
Benefiting Koinonia Foundation

Village Center at Dulles Shoppers
2425 Centreville Road
Herndon, VA 20171
Benefiting St. Anne’s Food Pantry in partnership with Cornerstones



Stuff the Bus logo

Photos from Stuff the Bus 2015

2016 Donation Locations Map

View Fairfax County's 2016 Stuff the Bus Locations in a larger map

Donated food being carried out of a trunk

"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." 

The Stuff the Bus program was initiated by Fairfax County and MV Transportation to combat a drop of food donations after the holidays and to address the need indicated by the 2011 report “ Putting Food on the Table.” Some recently updated indicators of food security in Fairfax County include:

"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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