To strengthen and fill in gaps in the hunger safety net under the Washington metro area, the Capital Area Food Bank is committed to connecting its partners and neighbors in need with healthy food. The Food Bank Network creates links to the CAFB’s network of food assistance partners and programs while providing real time access to services such as affordable housing and job training.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) funds free nutritious meals and snacks for young children in child care centers, family child care homes, and Head Start or Early Head Start programs. Research demonstrates that the program improves dietary intake and health of participating children as well as the quality of care. The program can also serve children 18 years of age and under at domestic violence and homeless shelters. Up to two free meals and a snack for children at child care centers and home; Head Start; and Early Head start.
Call you child's day care provider for availability.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides healthy food, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC is available in all U.S. states and territories. It is funded by federal grants and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, along with state and local agencies.
By accessing the HSRG, anyone with an Internet connection has immediate 24/7 access to detailed information on thousands of nonprofit and government services available to Fairfax County residents.
Aunt Bertha makes it easy for people facing social needs - and those who help others - to find and make referrals to appropriate programs and services for food, shelter, health care, work, financial assistance and more.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) helps low-income families buy the food they need for good health. It is funded by federal grants and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, along with state and local agencies. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. Free monthly support to help pay for groceries.
Call the SNAP information line at 1-800-22-5689.
2-1-1 provides information about school lunch programs and summer food service programs for children. You can get information on government-sponsored programs that reduce hunger and find out if you qualify for the other resources.