Food For Neighbors celebrates receiving over 20,000 pounds of food during its March 6th Red Bag Program food collection. This is a record amount of food for the nonprofit, and the accomplishment highlights communities in Northern Virginia that step up to support students who struggle with food security. Among these communities are the neighborhoods surrounding Falls Church High School, which is the newest of 23 schools partnering with Food For Neighbors. According to patch.com, "The Red Bag Program allows individuals to shop for nonperishable items at their convenience and to set them on their doorsteps for collection approximately five times per year. Volunteers organized by neighborhoods then collect the food and bring it to one of five central locations, where it is sorted and then delivered to participating schools. At the schools, volunteers package the food, and school staff and/or designated volunteers distribute the packages to students on a weekly basis." As per patch.com, "Food For Neighbors thanks the 1,227 households that donated food as well as the many volunteers who collected and sorted it, all of whom helped to make a direct, meaningful difference in the lives of middle and high school students in Northern Virginia. Food For Neighbors welcomes additional schools and volunteers to participate in the program. School staff and PTA representatives interested in bringing the program to their schools may send an email to [email protected] Volunteers may sign up to donate food, collect and sort food, etc. at https://www.foodforneighbors.org/get-involved/."
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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.