COVID-19 Causing Hunger
Vienna, VA- As public schools close around the United States to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, lower-income families struggle to keep their children fed. Children normally fed at school, are now at home and no longer have that benefit. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) at some locations are offering meals for those less fortunate and those affected.
“To make it easier for you to find food resources, the county has developed a searchable map that includes all food distribution sites, including Fairfax County Public Schools, community meal distribution sites, food pantries, and other related services.” As stated on the official FCPS website regarding the Coronavirus.
Here is a link to these locations where meals, Pop-Up meal sites, and other community services are offered: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.
John Wood, owner of 29 Diner at 10536 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, has transformed the diner during the COVID-19 pandemic into a “Grab and Go” style community kitchen where families can grab free meals for their children who are in need.
“As this Covid-19 pandemic began to spread and the school systems were closed down, we turned our restaurant into a community kitchen that feeds our community, our at-risk families, first responders, folks that [are affected] because of the economic backlash of schools being closed down. We have reached out to our customers online, through our social media sites and in person in the restaurant to make donations, so we can prepare food for at-risk-youth and at-risk families,” Wood said. Following is 29 Diner’s website where one can make a donation or look up where and at what times these meals will be served https://29diner.com/.
As a community, we must come together for the sake of our children and those in need. If anyone would like to donate, it would help many people get through this social and economic hardship.
By Alexander Fernandez