The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and the Capital Area Food Bank have partnered to offer food distributions to communities in need in August. According to the Food Bank, one out of 10 residents of the metropolitan Washington region is food insecure – and nearly a third of them are children.
Cathy Hudgins Community Center at Southgate, located in Reston, is participating in the Food Bank’s Community Marketplace program, which brings fresh produce to high-needs neighborhoods every second Saturday of the month. These events also feature recipes for healthy, affordable meals. The next event at the community center is Saturday, August 13 from 8:30-11 a.m. Cathy Hudgins Community Center at Southgate is located at 12125 Pinecrest Road in Reston.
Willston Multicultural Center, located in Falls Church, is also holding its monthly food distribution in August. This distribution is a partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank and Comunidad, which is based in Falls Church and has a mission to engage and equip locally rooted community leaders. Comunidad recruits volunteers from the community to work the event, which services over 250 families each month. Volunteers also take boxes of food to the homes of local Ukrainian families. The next food distribution is Saturday, August 20 at 8:30 a.m. Willston Multicultural Center is located at 6131 Willston Drive in Falls Church.
Residents in immediate need of food assistance may consult the Human Services Resource Guide, an online searchable database, or call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-348-6479 or 1-877-842-6273 (in Spanish) to find food near your home.