Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-222-9674
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Al Koroma,
Program Manager

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus logo

For the past nine years, Stuff the Bus has held food drives twice a year during times when donations often drop off – after the winter holidays and during the summer. Hosting drives during these critical times ensured that area nonprofits were able to meet the needs of hungry people in Fairfax County. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for food in our area, so Stuff the Bus is working to respond to the demand. In May, food drives were held on two days at 21 locations throughout Fairfax County. The response was immense, with 33.6 tons of food collected for area nonprofits. 

On Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 26, Fastran buses will be parked at the 21 locations listed below from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect food donations. Buses will be located in less-frequented lots throughout the county, including many Board of Supervisors’ offices and the Fairfax County Government Center, to allow donors to comply with social distancing recommendations. 

Donation Locations:

View and print a flyer of all Stuff the Bus donation locations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infographic about donating safely

Stuff the Bus Virtual Food Drive

For those who are unable to donate in person but want to contribute, donations can be made to the virtual Stuff the Bus food drive by visiting Volunteer Fairfax’s Donation Page to connect with and donate to nonprofits serving our community. In addition to helping you stay safe at home, a monetary donation is beneficial in other ways. Here are five reasons to donate virtually to Stuff the Bus:

  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 meets 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 foods such as 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.

Most Requested Items

  • Canned Tuna, Salmon or Chicken
  • Soup
  • Canned Pasta
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Fruit (in light syrup or juice)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Bag (Dry) Beans
  • Rice - Brown or White
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Hot and Cold Cereal
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Beans
  • 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