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 the church closed during the pandemic, AUUC individuals and families are asked to donate one or more meal packs, each filled with all 10 of the specific food items described on this Food Donation List and zipped inside a gallon-size ziplock bag with a slider.
To sign up to donate meal packs:
- To begin, please visit the SignUp Genius website.
- Select which week and “no-later-than” date you’d like to drop off your meal packs.
- Sign up for the number of meal packs you’d like to provide.
- After you sign-up, you will receive a confirming message with the address(es) of the two designated drop-off locations.
- There will be a secure bin (black with a yellow cover) outside both drop-off location homes for you to leave your meal packs.
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 meal packs 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.
- Contributions in June 2021 to AUUC’s outreach collection for No Child Goes Hungry/Accotink
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 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.