Although Northern Virginia is one of the wealthiest areas in the country, in Fairfax County, 5% of the population experience food insecurity. This means, based on U.S. Census figures, that more than 90,000 people are living in poverty and 30 percent of these are children.
Help Stop Hunger in Fairfax County!
AUUC has partnered with nearby Halley Elementary School to provide about 20 children with Weekend Meal Packs. Like many students in Fairfax County Public Schools today, these children receive free or reduced lunch during the week, but face challenges of hunger and food insecurity 7 days per week. Our “WMPs” contain nutritious, non-perishable foods, and include items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. School counselors will distribute the packs to students on Fridays.
To provide Weekend Meal Packs throughout the entire school year, we have assembly events several times during the year. This program has been a success due to the enthusiastic participation by the AUUC community – adults, children, and youth.
Support this Effort – Donations Appreciated!
Financial support for our No Child Goes Hungry/Accotink program comes from four sources:
- A $1,000 grant given to AUUC by UU minister Rev. Kären Rasmussen for our project as part of her public No Child Goes Hungry ministry in 2017
- Donations of specific food items by AUUC individuals and families
- Donations of cash/checks which will allow us to purchase items not covered by food donations. Please make checks payable to AUUC with “NCGH/AUUC” in the memo line.
If you’d like to donate food items, please choose from the list here. (We can only use specific items.) Place your donations in the black container in the church gallery. Thank you!!
For More Information
This program is sponsored by AUUC’s Social Justice Committee and Children’s Spiritual Development Committee. For questions, please contact Shelley B or Nancy D. Email [email protected].
AUUC has received the 2019 Congregational Social Justice Program Award from Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) for our work on No Child Goes Hungry/Accotink. In selecting AUUC, there were a couple of things considered especially noteworthy:
- The level and diversity of congregational support: children do the packing, adults/older youth set up tables and oversee the packing, and the entire congregation either donates money or specific food items to support the program…..total congregational involvement.
- The fact that not only is this our third year (continuity), but the program is expanding: added summer book collection late last year, increasing support from 20 to 35 children per week this year, and starting a mentoring program with Halley ES this year.