COVID-19: Food Assistance Resources

Virginia and Local Resources

If you or your family are worried about not being able to get food during the COVID-19 crisis, you can text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 and you will be connected with nearby resources and help.

You can find the Virginia Federation of Food Banks’ COVID-19 response and information here.

Residents of Fairfax County, Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park City can find resources from the Capital Area Food Banks as well as COVID-19 service updates here.

Residents of Loudoun County, Clarke County, Frederick County, and Winchester can find resources from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as well as COVID-19 service updates here.

Congress has now secured $850 million in emergency funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to help food banks face increased utilization and demand in countless communities across the country due to the coronavirus.

Federal Programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps, ensures that Americans receive the food they need, especially if they are newly unemployed. Congress has invested in SNAP in the first three phases of our COVID-19 response legislation to help Americans put food on the table during this crisis.

You can apply for SNAP by visiting Virginia’s SNAP website here.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) provides access to nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women or mothers. To see if you are eligible for WIC benefits click here.

School Meal Services

Clarke County Public Schools:

Meal pickup service will be offered to anyone 18 years of age or under through December 31, 2020. 

Elementary hybrid students attending CCPS schools two days per week will have access to free breakfast and lunch during their assigned days. Hybrid students will also have the option of receiving 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches during curbside meal distribution. 

Virtual students attending CCPS will be able to pick up 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches during curbside meal distribution. 

The meal service pickup will be at Clarke County High School at the main entrance on Thursdays from 4pm-6pm OR Friday 8am-10am. 

Fairfax County Public Schools:

Through June 30, 2021, FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for a free grab and go breakfast and lunch. Other county children, under the age of 18, can also receive a meal. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. In order to receive federal reimbursement, students must be present to request the meals. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal during these time periods.

Breakfast and lunch (both meals can be picked up at the same time) pickup will be available from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at locations across the county. Curbside meal pick-up stations are generally located in the bus lanes at the schools or in the kiss and ride area. Look for the canopy tent along with Food and Nutrition Services staff, who will deliver meals directly to vehicles. Walk-ups are still welcome at all sites.

Fairfax Meal Kits will be offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.  Meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted.  All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under.  Parents/caregivers may pick up for children and adults may purchase kits for $28.00.

FCPS buses are also delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. Meal service bus route information can be found here. All bus routes will have afternoon snacks and supper meals available.

The FCPS curbside service, outdoor sites, pop-up locations, and bus routes are all available Monday-Friday only.

Frederick County Public Schools:

All students enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day school is in session through December 22. 

Students participating in the hybrid learning model will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch on the days they are physically attending school for that day, as well as the days in which they will be engaged in distance learning. 

Students participating in the all distance learning model will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch each school day (Monday-Friday) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at any Frederick County Public School in a special drive-thru that will be set up on each school campus. 

School meal prices are unchanged in 2020-21. Eligible families should still apply to participate in the Free and Reduced Meal Program so those students deemed eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals can do so once the free meals program ends in December.  

Loudoun County Public Schools:

Two meals per day, breakfast and lunch, will be available to children and teens aged 18 and younger and any student enrolled in LCPS that may be over the age of 18 free of charge. Daily Meal Service will be available at 93 sites (all schools except Lightridge, not including Charter schools).

Walk up service will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Daily bus delivery of breakfast and lunch meals will be available throughout Loudoun County. There will be two runs from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. For delivery, please visit the interactive map to identify the nearest bus stop and associated time for mobile service.

Supper and Snack will be distributed Monday-Friday only, not weekends.

Breakfast and lunch meals will be distributed simultaneously at walk up sites or bus stops. Parent meal pick up is available. Meal service is also available to childcare participants and students in attendance. 

Manassas City Public Schools:

Any child 18 and under is eligible for free meals. Parents/guardians may pick up on behalf of their students.

Meals will continue to be distributed at the current three distribution sites on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. If schools are closed on Monday, distribution will be moved to Tuesday. 

Until distribution resumes at Round, residents in need of meal service are encouraged to go to Osbourn High School (1977 Eagle Way), Dean Elementary School (9601 Prince William Street), or Weems Elementary School (8750 Weems Road).

Manassas Park Public Schools:

MCPS will continue to prepare and serve students school meals throughout the first quarter free of charge to all students of Manassas Park City Schools through December 31, 2020.

Meals will be provided, on a first come, first served basis at the dates, times and locations listed here. Meals are also available to in-school students at all four schools. Meals will be sent home for students for their virtual learning days.  

Five lunches and breakfasts can be picked up for each child. This drive-thru style pick-up will be held at FOUR locations every Monday, which can be found here.

Meals are limited to one set of meals per child, per week.

A new meal application must be completed if you have not already been notified that your student is approved for free meals. It is important to submit a completed meal application as soon as possible. Only one meal application is needed for each household. Applications are available online here.

Proof of enrollment, or bringing a child(ren) to pick up, is required for parents to pick up meals. Proof of enrollment can include a student ID card, report card, or any other school communication containing the students name(s). If you need assistance with providing proof, the food services department can make an ID badge which you can use for future visits.

Prince William County Public School:

Prince William County Schools will provide free school breakfast and school lunch to all students returning to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year.  All food is free of charge to students age 18 and younger.

Benefits are the equivalent of breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack for 5 days, plus supper and snack for 2 days.

Food will be distributed on Monday and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If school is closed on a Monday, service will be on Tuesday.

Food will be distributed through curbside pickup at a school’s main entrance. It may be picked up by walking to the sites, or by driving up, which is preferred. Service sites are listed here

Parents/guardians may pick-up kits without students present. Staff will request parents or guardians produce proof of student enrollment in the form of student ID, report card, or other official school documentation with the child’s name printed on the document and provide names of non-school age or children not enrolled in school, who are 18 years old and under.

Winchester Public Schools:

During the 2020-2021 school year, free meals for all students will be available for pickup at each school on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

Students will receive one breakfast and one lunch for each day they are not physically in school.

100% distance learning students are eligible for 10 meals per week (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches). Meals for all of your children can be picked up at one school.

Hybrid students will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. When they are in school, breakfast will be served as grab-and-go. Individual schools will set up pick up points at various locations depending on the best location for their particular layout. Lunch will be served in the classroom. Lunches will be delivered by teams from each school directly to the classroom. 

Students do not need to be present for meal pick up and no documentation is required. Please complete this brief form to let Winchester Public Schools know how many students you plan to pick up meals for, whether they are registered for the Hybrid or Distance learning model, and where you plan to pick them up.