Support Our Emergency Pantry

We are so grateful to all the individuals and organizations in our community who donate so generously to help stock our Emergency Pantry. We continue to have many needs. See below for most-needed items, and learn about some of the wonderful donations that have been coming in. 

Please Support Our Pantry and Please Share!

Britepaths is located at 3959 Pender Dr., #200, Fairfax, VA 22030

Our regular office hours are 10a-2p weekdays. Deliveries preferred on Mon. through Thurs. We are closed on most major County/Federal holidays.

We ask that you contact us in advance to arrange drop-off. 703.273.8829 or info@britepaths.org.

In the News! Read the Fairfax Connection Article

We also have a *great need* for reusable grocery bags to distribute food.

Thank You!

Most-Needed Items: URGENT NEEDS

Food

  • Cooking oil
  • Fruit or apple sauce cups (unsweetened/in own juice)
  • Granola bars/breakfast bars
  • Pancake syrup
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Snacks — healthy foods such as crackers, pretzels, popcorn

Household/Hygiene Items

  • Diapers — newborn + sizes 1 & 5 most-needed
  • All-purpose cleaners/Windex/toilet bowl cleaner/Clorox wipes
  • Laundry detergent (liquid or pods)
  • Sponges/cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels

Leslie Woods (left), a former Financial Assistance Volunteer, brought us some wonderful pantry donations on August 10. She’s with our Office Administrator Litzy Morales

This is the *first* of *two* generous shipments for our pantry that our great friend and former Board Member Kären Rasmussen and her family foundation The Starfish Foundation of Fairfax sent us on July 26 when she heard our pantry was running low. She is also the founder of No Child Goes Hungry, which supports our Food4Thought program. We’re grateful for her ongoing support of our food insecurity efforts.

A big thank you to the 10 volunteers who came out on July 13 to help with the quarterly inventory and weighing of the food and supplies in our Emergency Food Pantry! They also helped with other office projects.

Sydenstricker UMC Vacation Bible School summer 2022
We’re grateful to the 5th & 6th grade students from Sydenstricker United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School for visiting us in June to learn about our work. They helped organize our Emergency Pantry and do a packing of food and supplies for a family, and played the Budget Bean Game.

Ms. M has two young children. She came to our pantry on June 16 and picked up an emergency packing of food and supplies from the pantry, along with grocery store gift cards and Our Daily Veggies vouchers. She is so grateful to receive this assistance during this stressful time in their lives, and we share her gratitude to all our generous supporters who are donating food and funds.

The employees of McLean-based Coverent held a food drive and delivered some greatly needed food on June 8. Coverent’s Jeff Leoung is at left with our summer intern Litzy Morales.

Ken Kozloff with Food Pantry donations
Longtime supporter and Financial Empowerment volunteer Ken Kozloff heard that our pantry supplies were running low, so he went to the store, filled up his car and delivered 137 pounds of our most-needed food and supplies. Thank you for ALL you do to help make life better for our families, Ken!

Keegan family food drive
A huge thank you to Lyle Keegan for running a food drive to help stock our Emergency Pantry. Lyle is 13 years old. Her mom delivered the 197.6 pounds of needed food and supplies to our office on April 29.

We had a huge amount of food donations to weigh and put away in early March. We put out the word, and Amini Bonane and Nate Bunger, along with two other volunteers came in on March 11 to help. They’re pictured here with our Office Administrator Cecilia LeGrand (holding the Britepaths t-shirt). We’re grateful to them for helping out.

We are grateful to the Springfield District Democrats for running a food drive in February to help stock our Pantry. Co-Vice Chair Donna Reid delivered more than 600 pounds of our most-needed items. In the pic are Britepaths’ Cecilia LeGrand and Mila Cobos with the donations. We also received $150 in grocery store gift cards. We’re grateful to the members of Springfield Democratic Committee for their generous donations. And a special shout-out to SDDC members Jane Barker and Sen. George Barker, who also support our Food Bridge families each year through the Democratic Women of Clifton & Northern Virginia’s annual holiday drive. Read the Connection article.

The Myterra Homeowners Association ran a food drive to benefit our families. On March 2, Katherine delivered 165.5 pounds of food and supplies, and a check for $250, which will assist local families in crisis. We’re grateful to these caring neighbors.

The Bengals Won, And So Did Our Families!

Stephanie McCarthy and Janet Jaworski, organizers of the Hugo the Gargoyle Little Free Library “Souper Bowl” food drive in Fairfax City. So many generous community members got involved in this fun and creative food drive, with Twins Ace Hardware Fairfax and Chubby Squirrel Brewing Company also running drives. The Rams beat the Bengals for the most items donated (307 to 259), but our families are the big winners! On February 22, we received the final donations of food and supplies for our pantry, valued at more than $1,000: 362 pounds from Hugo the Gargoyle, 196 pounds from Twins Ace and 24 pounds from Chubby Squirrel. We’re grateful to all who donated! A special thanks to City of Fairfax government, Fire Department and Police Department for spreading the word.
READ the Connection Article; Photo by Bonnie Hobbs, Connection Newspapers

Young Men's Service League of Vienna-Oakton in Pantry
Volunteers and their friends from the Young Men’s Service League Vienna-Oakton Chapter came in on January 21 to help us weigh and restock the food and supplies in our emergency pantry. We need to conduct a pantry inventory each quarter, and it’s a big job! They have volunteered with us in various capacities for several years, and we appreciate their ongoing support.

A huge thank you to Social4Good for selecting Britepaths as their local nonprofit to support for January 2022. Angie Delboy (pictured) is a member of Britepaths’ Board of Directors and Social4Good. They organized a drive and filled our pantry with $2,000 worth of toiletries! 
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