Fairfax Food Council

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-246-8404
TTY 711

10777 Main Street, Suite 325
Fairfax, VA 22030

Diane Charles,
Project Manager

Food Access & Literacy Working Group

The Food Access & Literacy Working Group works collaboratively to develop innovative initiatives to increase the number of healthy food access points in the Fairfax community in the areas of highest need.

The working group also facilitates collaborative initiatives to develop food literacy and nutrition education programming that is available and delivered through a variety of avenues.

Objectives

  • Increase access to fresh produce at farmers markets in low income communities by increasing the use of nutrition benefits at farmers markets through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education, outreach and incentive program promotion.
  • Expand SNAP/Women, Infants and Children (WIC) acceptance at retail stores, particularly international markets in communities of need.
  • Encourage emergency food assistance sites to provide healthful eating and meal preparation educational resources to help youth and parents of young children make nutritious choices.
  • Develop culturally sensitive and age appropriate nutrition education programs with local schools and community partners in targeted areas.

FOOD RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS

Food security includes not only access to food, but the nutritional quality of that food as the foundation to overall health and wellness. While Fairfax County has a low food-insecurity rate compared to other counties in the nation, it has the highest number of food insecure in Virginia with approximately 58,000 residents food insecure with over 23,000 children suffering from food insecurity. The Fairfax Food Council promotes screening for food insecurity and has created a resource guide to help identify available food resources and programs in Fairfax County.

Virginia Fresh Match Markets in Fairfax County

Virginia Fresh Match doubles the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helping customers to afford healthy fruits and vegetables at Fairfax County Farmers Markets.  When customers spend $20 with an EBT card, Virginia Fresh Match provides another $20 to spend on fresh fruits and veggies.

Farmers Markets in Fairfax County Participating in Virginia Fresh Match - English/Spanish

If you are a SNAP/EBT participant or a Senior FMNP participant, find out how to use Fresh Match at any FRESHFARM market. English/Spanish

 

Gleaning Fresh Produce in Fairfax County

This Gleaning Network map provides links to the Fairfax County Farmers Markets and the organizations who glean (i.e., collect) fresh produce from vendors at the markets and deliver it to community organizations.

Please consider helping to glean this fresh produce! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the organization directly using the information listed in the map. Tax credits may be available for produce donations. Learn more about Virginia Food Crop Donation Tax Credit Guidelines

Thank you to Food for Others for coordinating and tracking these efforts.

Weekend Food Assistance Program

When the school week is over, many children in our community struggle with hunger on the weekends. Please see the following resources for information on starting or assisting with a weekend food assistance program for children in your community.

Power Pack Program (P3)

Power Pack Program (P3) was created to provide elementary-school children with a food pack for the weekend. Volunteers are needed to donate food for the packs, assemble the packs, and/or deliver the packs to elementary schools. For more information on this program you may contact Nikki Clifford at nclifford@foodforothers.org.

Food4Thought

Through its Food4Thought program, Britepaths partners with Parent Teacher Associations, social workers and staff at partner Fairfax County Public Schools to help them create packages of non-perishable foods and drinks to send home each weekend with children in their school who have been identified as having need for food assistance. Britepaths provides technical support to the schools and passes on donations (minus a minimal administrative fee) from community members who would like to help. For more information on this program you may contact Christina Garris at cgarris@britepaths.org.

2020 Meetings

The Food Access & Literacy Working Group meet the last Wednesday of each month from 10:30–11:30a.m.

To get on our monthly mailing list and learn the current location of our meeting, email HDFairfaxFoodCouncil@fairfaxcounty.gov. You can also check the Fairfax Food Council page for up-to-date meeting dates/locations.

Resources

Fairfax Virtual Assistant