The following is from Virginia State Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax) and the entire Fairfax County House of Delegates and Senate Delegation (25 members), who note that “food is going to be an ongoing problem in Fairfax County given that we already have over 50,000 children on the Free and Reduced School Lunch Program.”
Food insecurity is on the rise in Fairfax County and around the region.
Can you help your Fairfax County General Assembly Delegation help your neighbors?
The Coronavirus is creating food shortage for many families who have lost jobs.
Over the last several days, we have coordinated with all 24 other members of the Fairfax County Delegation of members of the Virginia General Assembly. Each legislator has agreed to contribute $250 to either the Capitol Area Food Bank or to Food For Others. Fairfax County Board Chair Jeff McKay has told me these are the gold-standard operations that we can trust.
We have asked each of these legislators to let their networks/email lists know of this effort and to ask them to consider a “match” to our contributions with those of their own.
Can you help with this effort by helping to match our efforts? This is our ask of you.
$1,000 can buy 400 families a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs or 1,000 families a bag of beans and a bag of rice. Food donations are way down as people are not dropping off contributions and grocery stores do not have surplus food to offer. Food for Others is seeing a four-fold increase in requests from families. I have copied two links below for you to make a donation.
Any amount will help with a family’s food insecurity.
Capitol Area Food Bank Link: https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/donate-covid-19/?Sku=2020marchcovidvass
Mailing Address: 6833 Hill Park Drive Lorton, VA 22079
Food For Others: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/foodforothers?code=website
Mailing Address: 2938 Prosperity Ave Fairfax, VA 22031
We are in touch with the food banks and they will be able to tell us to some degree the impact that this effort may have. Online donations to the Capital Area Food Bank will be tracked and credited to this effort and online donations to Food for Others has a memo field that donors can designate the source of this campaign. Please use Fairfax County General Assembly Delegation in the online memo field or on your check to help the food banks track the donations.
Thank you so much for your help. All of us can make a difference.
Your Fairfax County House of Delegates and Senate Delegation
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