Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Al Koroma,
Program Manager

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus logo with tagline "Fight Hunger in Our Neighborhoods!"

Stuff the Bus began in 2011 in response to a critical need to help restock the shelves of local food pantries after the holidays. This collaborative program is a partnership between Fairfax County Government and local nonprofits. Now in its 10th year, Stuff the Bus is working to meet the increased demand for food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since inception, Stuff the Bus has collected over 220 tons of food to feed hungry people in Fairfax County.

Stuff the Bus Virtual Food Drive

For those who are unable to donate in person, monetary donations can be made by visiting Volunteer Fairfax's Stuff the Bus Donation Page. In addition to helping you stay safe at home, a monetary donation is beneficial in other ways. Here are five reasons to donate virtually:

  1. More Meals - Nonprofits can turn a donated dollar into more meals by purchasing food in bulk or through special discounts from retailers.
  2. Feeding Diverse Communities - Monetary donations allow pantries to purchase culturally appropriate foods, which better meet the needs of the diverse communities they serve.
  3. Fresh Food - Canned and dry food are a vital part of food pantries, but a healthy diet also requires fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean proteins – items that can’t be collected through food drives.
  4. Less Labor - Nonprofits often rely on the work of volunteers to sort and shelve donations. The COVID-19 virus has greatly impacted volunteers’ ability to serve, especially older adults or those with pre-existing conditions.
  5. Hunger Never Takes a Break - Having cash on hand helps food pantries keep their shelves stocked during times of the year when donations drop off.

Stuff the Bus infographic - how to donate safely

Most Requested Items

If you plan to donate to the Stuff the Bus food drive, please consider giving items from this list. Because the average size of a family seeking food assistance is four people, the sizes indicated are preferred to reduce food spoilage. Additionally, donating items that are high fiber, low sugar and low sodium not only feed hungry people but also contribute to their overall health and wellness. 

  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken (15 oz. or smaller)
  • Soup - lower sodium (19 oz. or smaller)
  • Canned pasta (16 oz. or smaller)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned fruit in light syrup or juice (20 oz. or smaller)
  • Peanut butter (40 oz. or smaller)
  • Jelly (32 oz. or smaller)
  • Bag (dry) beans, peas or lentils (16 oz.)
  • Rice - brown or white (5 lbs. or smaller)
  • Instant potatoes (16 oz. or smaller)
  • Canned tomatoes - low sodium, no salt added (29 oz. or smaller)
  • Pancake mix (32 oz. or smaller) and syrup
  • Hot and cold cereal (42 oz. or smaller)
  • Canned vegetables - low sodium, no salt added (29 oz. or smaller)
  • Canned beans or peas (29 oz. or smaller)
  • Healthy snacks (e.g. raisins, granola bars)

The COVID-19 Pandemic has Increased the Need for Food in Fairfax County!

According to the Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Report 2020 (published July 22, 2020):

  • 72,460 people in Fairfax County are experiencing food insecurity.
  • From March to July 2020, 17% of working age people in Fairfax County filed for unemployment.
  • Nonprofit partners are reporting 30% to 400% increases in the numbers of people seeking help.
  • Using public data, Feeding America estimates a 48% to 60% increase in food insecurity for the region due to the pandemic.
Fairfax Virtual Assistant