As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and families in Fairfax County are in need of food support. To help meet this increasing need for assistance, the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) partnered with residents and local nonprofit organizations to hold two special “Stuff the Bus” donation events in May.
Though Stuff the Bus is typically held in summer and winter to fill the shelves of local food pantries, the two recent collections events are an addition to the campaign and represent Fairfax County’s ability to respond quickly to meet the immediate needs of residents.
On May 16 and 19, Fastran, CUE and Fairfax County Public Schools buses parked in 21 locations throughout the county and Fairfax City to collect food donations benefitting 10 different nonprofit organizations. Over 33.6 tons of food was donated to help meet the food needs of our communities during these unprecedented times.
NCS Director Chris Leonard thanked Fairfax County residents for their contributions, saying, “Helping our food pantries restock their shelves so that families and individuals do not go hungry right now is critical. We put out the call for help and the response was incredible. The success of these Stuff the Bus events highlights the generosity of Fairfax County residents and we thank all who participated.”
For those who were unable to donate in person, it is not too late to contribute! Visit Volunteer Fairfax’s Donation Page to connect with nonprofits serving our community.
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