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Fairfax County free food banks, soup kitchens and pantries.

Food pantries in the Fairfax County Virginia area may be able to offer families a number of resources. First and foremost is the availability of emergency bags of groceries and hot meals. Find the locations and phone numbers of the leading non-profit food banks as well as soup kitchens in northern Virginie near you below. Or find a free referral number at the bottom of the page for more information on hunger prevention services in Fairfax County.

In order to learn more, you will need to call or stop by, as each pantry will determine eligibility for services. They will have limits to the amount of assistance, groceries, and/or free food that is available and each application is reviewed on a case by case basis. Based on this assessment, the agencies may provide free groceries, applications to SNAP food stamps, or even a gift card for the local supermarket.

Most of the centers will distribute food, clothing, personal hygiene and household items, in addition to offering staples to needy families and individuals in Fairfax County Virginia. They can also provide free perishable and nonperishable foods as well as toiletry items to families in need. Or apply for Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets. Some special meals programs and feeding sites are also available for the low income and even homeless in the region.

Counselors at the pantries can and will often coordinate with local charities and churches to distribute free emergency food. This service is for low income, elderly, seniors, and disabled individuals and families that are referred by public or private social service agencies.

Committee for Helping Others
Vienna, Virginia 22183
Phone number - (703)281-7614
The location coordinates food assistance among local charities, non-profits, and food banks. Counselors and specialists can assist Fairfax County residents in need of help. The non-profit mostly offers referrals and not direct aid.

Fairfax, Food for Others
Address of food pantry is 2938 Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Phone number - (703)207-9173




McLean, Share, Inc. - A program of Share, Inc.
Address - 1367 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22101
Main phone number - (703)284-2179
The non-profit offers many resources. Whether it is an application to WIC vouchers or a free holiday meal (Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas), some form of support is arranged.

Northern Virginia Family Services
A multiple faced poverty fighting organization. Ge help in applying for SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers. Or get free baby formula, and emergency bag of groceries, job programs and other help. Find help from Northern Virginia Family Services.

Highview Christian Fellowship Church
4100 Hunt Rd
Fairfax, VA 22032
They help low income families, including immigrant and migrant workers. Free canned groceries, perishable fruits or meats, dairy, and other goods are offered. Some paper goods, personal toiletries or household supplies may be offered too.

St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church
Address is 5222 Sideburn Rd
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
Non-perishable emergency food, such as cereal, soup, spaghetti, peanut butter and sauce and more. Fairfax County seniors can get Ensure as well for nutrition.

Springfield Church of Christ
7512 Old Keene Mill Rd
Springfield, VA 22150
For hours, dial 703-451-4011





Catholic Charities of Fairfax County
Main church is at 4340 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Call 301-864-3115
A number of low income assistance programs and social services are offered. A food pantry and soup kitchen help struggling families with hot meals (including at Thanksgiving or Christmas) as well as surplus commodities like cheese, dairy, meats, and canned groceries. There is a thrift store, financial aid, and more in the region. More on Catholic Charities Fairfax County assistance programs.

St Vincent De Paul Society of St Leos Conference
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

Columbia Center for Missions
Main address - 301 N. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Dial (703)534-5700

Fairfax Pregnancy Help Center
10380 Democracy Lane, Ste. A & B
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Main phone number - (703)323-8060
Provides free food for women, children, babies, and others. For example, the center may have baby formula, diapers, and other hygiene items can be distributed too.

Location of food pantry - 11215 Lee Highway, Suite D
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Dial - (703)591-1600

Salvation Army of Fairfax County – Not only runs a food pantry on site, but also a thrift store as well as soup kitchen. It can help people in need apply for government assistance programs, such as food stamps and more. Or get free Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals.  Another program in high demand is for school supplies and coats. Click here for details on the Salvation Army back to school program, and how they partner with retailers like Target.

There are multiple sites. One is at 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Phone number - (703)385-8700. Or find other free food pantries from Salvation Army Fairfax County.

Coordinated Services Planning (CSP)
Address - 12011 Government Center Parkway, Unit 208
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Main number - (703)222-0880





Ecumenical Community Helping Others-ECHO
Food pantry address is 7205 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22150
Telephone number - (703)569-9160
Many local churches make up this Fairfax County food pantry. There is soup, cereal, fruits, and non-perishable groceries. Clients range from single moms to the elderly or immigrants in northern Virginia.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Location - WFCM  13981 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Call the church at (703)988-9656
Children, seniors, the unemployed and those who are struggling may get a bag full of groceries or a hot meal.

Koinonia Foundation, Inc.
Foundation/pantry address is 6037 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
Main phone number - (703)971-1991

St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Timothy Conference
Location of pantry is 13807 Poplar Tree Rd.
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone number - 800-873-0613
The food pantry is open the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30 AM to noon.  For other than food assistance (such as referrals to low income monetary programs), please call 800-873-0613.

Salvation Army, Alexandria
Main location address - 107 East Bellefonte Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22301
Dial (703)548-0579 for centers hours, and qualifications on how to get free food, groceries and perishable items. Supports most of Fairfax County.

Capital Area Food Bank –
Address is 6833 Hill Park Drive
Lorton, Virginia 22079
Phone number - (703)541-3063
This may be the leading pantry in Fairfax County. Thousands of families living in poverty may be assisted. Get information on everything from Summer Food Service Program to Meals on Wheels.

LINK, Inc.
Sterling, Virginia 20167
Dial this pantry at (703)437-1776





Operation Homefront, Northern Virginia Chapter
Operation Homefront, N VA PO Box 650220
Sterling, VA 20165
Main number - (800)779-5903
This is for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Call for food, household products, baby formula, and much more. Social workers can also help people apply for government programs as well.

United Community Ministries, Inc.
Address of church is 7511 Fordson Road
Alexandria, VA 22306
Phone number: (703)768-7106 Ext 318

Lorton Community Action Center
9518 Richmond Hwy.  P. O. Box 154
Lorton, Virginia 22199
Community action agencies can offer food, meals, and groceries, among other services. Many agencies can oftentimes direct working poor and low income to other types of financial assistance programs. Many of these other programs can also offer clothing, household items, and other products too.

Community Church Christian Ministries
Main church address - 19790 Ashburn Rd.
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Dial (571)209-5000 for information on assistance from your local church, whether that is free food, clothes, or something else. Free holiday and Christmas meals may be offered as well as blankets, linens, and other basic needs.

Fairfax Fish Inc
P O Box 2254
Fairfax VA, 22031
Phone: 703-222-0880
Several churches in Fairfax County feed the less fortunate. They include Saint Stephen's United Methodist Church, Providence Presbyterian, Little River United Church of Christ and others. Everything from diapers to dairy, pasta and spaghetti, and other items are available.

Grace Episcopal Church
3601 Russell Road
Alexandria Virginia, 22305
For hours, dial 703-549-1980





Annandale Christian Community For Action (ACCA Inc.)
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Virginia 22003
Phone: (703)222-0880
Volunteers may also deliver free food, Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, and other goods to seniors or the homebound.

James Mott Community Assistance Program - JMCAP
11215 Lee Highway,
Fairfax, VA 22030
Low income clients can apply for referrals to the food program by dialing 703-222-0880.

St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
Address of food bank - 3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax Virginia, 22030
Phone: 703-273-5369

Yorkville Cooperative
Main address is 3146 Draper Drive
Fairfax VA, 22031
Phone: 703-273-1210
The Senior Brown Bag program is run. Older adults can get USDA approved groceries and meals, including Ensure.

Columbia Baptist Church
3245 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041

Way of Faith Christian Training Center INC.
8800 Arlington BLVD
Fairfax, VA, 22031
Phone: 703-573-7221
Emergency boxes of food meet nutritional needs. Kids and students out on bring can also get snacks, and there is a weekend backpack program. The service in Fairfax County is called the Food Bridge Program. It is short term, emergency relief while the family waits on other long term support such as food stamps. Referrals are needed from social workers, and assistance may be provided for up to 6 months.





Additional free food and meal programs in Fairfax County

If a location is not near you or can’t help, additional pantries and food assistance programs are in the northern Virginia area. Receive free meals, canned goods, fresh food, school lunches or breakfast and more. Or get help in applying for public aid. Call 202.526.5344 or (571) 482-4770.

By Jon McNamara

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