Provided by Northern Virginia Family Service
Northern Virginia Family Service has received $1,725.00 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed local residents. Northern Virginia Family Service will use the gift to provide food assistance and nutrition education to the community.
“In the Greater Prince William area, hunger insecurity is a problem for nearly 30,000 individuals, nearly half of whom are children. Funding from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation will help us continue to meet this immediate need, while also addressing the longer-term nutritional needs of local families to ensure better health and well-being overall,” said NVFS President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Berkowitz.
The funding will support NVFS’s Hunger Resource Center, which typically provides more than 1,400 meals weekly for 600 households. Nutrition education is provided by individual and group consultations to help families identify and address basic as well as complex dietary needs using the USDA’s Best Practices in Nutrition Education for Low-Income Audiences. Monthly cooking classes teach families methods for recognizing, handling, and preparing different foods. NVFS also leads county-wide and regional collaborative efforts to expand the food and nutrition safety net for low-income households.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants.