No Child Goes Hungry/Accotink

Food Donation List

SIGN UP HERE TO DONATE FOOD ITEMS FOR MEAL PACKS

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 partners with Halley Elementary School in nearby Lorton to provide 35 children with meal packs that are distributed to the students every week by school counselors. 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 meal packs contain nutritious, non-perishable foods, and include items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

With church services and RE classes resuming in-person, we are excited to get together for our first in-person meal pack assembly Sunday, April 24 immediately after the Sunday service in the Sanctuary. All our children and youth are encouraged to help assemble the 140 meal packs for our Halley ES students along with older youth and adult helpers.

AUUC individuals and families are asked to donate individual food items that are described on our Food Donation List. To help us plan, we are asking everyone to signup to indicate which food items and the quantity you will be donating.

To sign up to donate any of the 10 specific food items and to volunteer on Packing Day:

  1. To begin, please visit the SignUp Genius website.
  2. Sign up for which specific food items you’d like to provide and the quantity
  3. Drop off your food donations at the church in the bins (black with yellow covers) located in the Gallery (hallway).
  4. Please drop of your food items no later than April 17th.
  5. If you are available to help on meal packing day, April 24th, please use this SignUp Genius to indicate how you can help. Adults and older youth are needed to help setup, monitor tables, provide “quality control”, and clean-up.

Support this Effort – Donations Appreciated!

Financial support for our No Child Goes Hungry/Accotink program comes from these 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 the 10 specific food items by AUUC individuals and families
  • Donations of cash/checks which will allow us to purchase items to assemble meal packs. Please make checks payable to AUUC with “NCGH/AUUC” in the memo line.

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].

Congratulations AUUC! 

AUUC 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 was this our third year (continuity), but the program was 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.