Food4Thought

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 20 Partner Schools and supporting them as needed. Cash Donations continue to be 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. In August/September 2020, we will reassess how we can best support our partner schools in the Fall, and may call out for Food4Thought packs again at that time. Check back here or Sign Up for our Emails for updates.

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!

Contact: Christina Garris at cgarris@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829 x444.