Did you know nearly 75,000 people are experiencing food insecurity in Fairfax County? The Stuff the Bus program is one of the premier ways that Fairfax County residents can support the food assistance efforts of our local food pantries with both in-person and virtual donations. Now in its 11th year, Stuff the Bus continues to support food assistance efforts for families and households. Since inception, Stuff the Bus has collected over 220 tons of food to feed people experiencing food insecurity in Fairfax County.
Saturday, March 19 – In-Person Food Collections
This coming Saturday, food collections will be hosted at 18 locations across Fairfax County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you plan to donate this weekend, 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 and low sodium not only feed people experiencing food insecurity, but it also contributes 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)
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ANYTIME - VIRTUAL FOOD DONATIONS
For those who are unable to donate in person, monetary donations can be made by visiting the websites of the partner nonprofits serving our community. Our partners can turn your dollars into more meals, specialized and culturally appropriate foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and lean meats which cannot be collected through food drives.
To donate, simply visit the Stuff the Bus Website, and click on our nonprofit partners serving our community (including ECHO, LINK, Food for Others, WFCM, Cornerstones, United Community, Koinonia, ACCA, and The Falls Church Community Service Council).