Northern Virginia Direct Food Distribution - Capital Area Food Bank
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Northern Virginia Direct Food Distribution

By Roberto Melara May 13, 2010

 During this economic turmoil more families are struggling to put food on the table and day after day they wonder from where the next meal will come. That is why on the third Thursday of every month, the Capital Area Food Bank distributes canned goods, pasta, cereal, bread, snacks and fresh produce to dozens of families in need.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington opens its doors each month so that these families can benefit from food provided by The Emergency Food Assistance Program, or TEFAP, a program of the United States Department of Agriculture.  The supplemental food items are available for people who live in Virginia and qualify by receiving one of various forms of assistance or meeting an income guideline.  Individuals who do not qualify for the TEFAP food can still receive bread, produce and snack items provided by the food bank.

Each month the food bank serves close to 100 families through this distribution.  Many families return month after month to receive food for their families that helps to ease the strain on their monthly household budgets.  A group of five to ten committed volunteers helps out at the distribution, always serving clients with a smile and treating them with courtesy and respect. If you would like to be part in this great effort and volunteer please contact us. We’ll be glad to have some extra help.