A Partnership to Fight Child Hunger in the Fairfax County Area
Our Food4Thought program works with volunteers and staff at our Partner Schools, which are participating Fairfax County Public Schools, to provide healthy meals, drinks and snacks over the weekend to children who receive free or reduced-price meals during school days. For many of these children, school meals might be the only ones they receive. In 2019, Food4Thought assisted 1,493 students in 20 Partner Schools -- 41,980 food packs distributed!
COVID-19 Update: During COVID-19, we are maintaining communications with staff and volunteers at our Partner Schools and supporting them as needed. Cash Donations continue to be most helpful to assist schools that are actively providing food support to families in need. We are not encouraging the donation of Food4Thought weekend food packs until further notice, though you may check with individual partner schools near you to see if there is a need. We are currently surveying the social workers at our partner schools about how best to support their students, and are updating our Partner School page as we learn more.
How Food4Thought Works
Britepaths partners with the Parent Teacher Associations, social workers and staff at Partner FCPS schools to help them create packages of non-perishable foods and drinks to send home each weekend with children in their school who have been identified as having need for food assistance. Volunteers and staff at the schools are collecting donations of appropriate foods and discreetly distributing the packs to children in their schools who have been identified as having the greatest need. Britepaths provides technical support to the schools, and passes on donations (minus a minimal administrative fee) from community members who would like to help.
Britepaths is proud to be an Ignite Partner with Fairfax County Public Schools. Through a shared grant from Fairfax County, Britepaths partners with Food for Others to assist as many students in need as possible across FCPS with weekend food support. Food for Others largely receives and distributes packs to Title 1 schools, while Britepaths works with partner schools to help them generate packs from supporters in their own community.
Learn More and Get Involved!
- Donate Now to Our Food4Thought Partners
Checks welcome! Mail to Britepaths at 3959 Pender Dr., Ste. 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Write Food4Thought and designated school (if any) in memo line.
- View/Support Our Partner Schools
- Become a Partner School
Contact: Christina Garris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.273.8829 x444.