FCS has been honored with a Distinguished Partner recognition from Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Here is the text of the award, which was presented at a luncheon at James Lee Center on May 24th:
Falls Church Community Service Council identified a need for regular supportive food assistance to address food insecurity. The Groceries Every Month (GEM) program provides a monthly food delivery to identified households with an increased need for food assistance without the requirement of a referral. GEM participants can depend on a scheduled monthly food delivery from the same friendly volunteer. The GEM program has grown to 24 volunteers and they are actively recruiting for new volunteers to grow the program. FCS also continues their emergency food deliveries each weekday. Their initiative to fulfill a service gap has strengthened their community impact and further demonstrates their invaluable partnership with CSP. Thank you FCS!
As we come into the summer months, the FCS food delivery program is serving more people than ever before. I'm writing to ask that you help us in serving the most vulnerable in our community by hosting a food drive for the FCS food pantry. We urgently need tuna fish, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, vegetable oil, canned fruit, condiments, toiletries, laundry and dish detergent and paper goods (toilet tissue and paper towels). If you are planning summer events, please consider adding a food pantry donation to your opportunities for service. FCS delivers food to clients 6 days a week. We also have a new program, Groceries Every Month, or GEM, in which a household is matched with a volunteer who delivers food to that household once a month. In this way, we can serve neighbors, often elderly and/or disabled, who are chronically in need of food.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the food delivery program, or if you wish to volunteer to help. Food donations may be dropped off at the food pantry at Knox Presbyterian weekdays when the church office is open (9:30-1:00). Please call the church before you come at 703 560-5288 or 703 237-2562.
In gratitude for your generosity,
FCS Emergency Food Coordinator
The latest FCS newsletter can be found here.
Meals on Wheels is urgently seeking a new coordinator. Training is provided. Please contact FCS if you are interested.