Food drive at Shrevewood Elementary

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Linda Dono

Jun 7, 2020, 3:32:30 PM6/7/20
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Hi, folks,

It's been a month since Keith put the word out about the Food for Others food drive that happens every weekend Friday through Sunday at Shrevewood Elementary.

I'm hoping that I managed to get there at about 3 p.m. today right after someone came by to take some food back to the Merrifield charity. Nothing was in the bins when I stopped by to put a few things in.

(This is a contactless food drive. No one is there. Drop off the items, and Food for Others volunteers empty the bins each evening Friday to Sunday.)

Even though some folks are getting back to work, others still are not. The unemployment office is woefully behind in processing paperwork for benefits, and those who are starting to get a paycheck again probably need to pay rent first.

So the need continues to be great. If you're going to the store or ordering, I hope you'll try to pick up a few additional items to donate each week. And if you've found that you have extra items that you might have bought in bulk almost three months ago but haven't eaten, those things could be put to good use right here.

I hope you're staying safe and healthy. Please look at the original email below for the items needed most, and remember that those aren't the only food that is accepted.

Thank you in advance.



From: Jeremy Hancock []
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 9:21 AM
Subject: community food drive - new location at Shrevewood Elementary


Hi all,  

I could use some help getting the word out about a food donation site we are setting up at Shrevewood Elementary. Demand at the local Fairfax food bank, Food for Others, is over three times the normal rate. I've been working with Supervisor Palchik to find a more accessible site within our community to make it easier for our neighbors to donate. We've gotten approval to put some donation bins at Shrevewood. 


Starting this week, we will have three containers available every Friday - Sunday. The bins will be near the front door at Shrevewood and get emptied each night. Donations will be provided to Food for Others, which is located in Merrifield.  The collection bins will accept non-perishable items. 


Could you help:

  1) spread the word about the donation site within your community and neighborhood distributions? If you have ongoing communications, could you include a section on the location so we can keep the donations going?


  2) identify volunteers to help pick-up and deliver? This is completely community driven and will rely on our neighbors to help empty the bins each night. Each Fri-Sun evening we'll pick up and then make a delivery to Food for Others during the week.  


The most needed items are listed below, but anything will help.  

  • Canned chili
  • Canned tomato products (crushed, peeled, diced, etc.), 4oz – 1 lb
  • Canned meat (chicken, beef, turkey, or seafood), 2oz – 15oz
  • Rice, 16oz packages
  • Spaghetti sauce, 14oz – 1 lb (ideally in cans instead of glass)
  • Canned fruit (packed in fruit juice instead of syrup) 11oz – 20oz
  • Dried or canned beans (black, kidney, pinto, etc.)
  • Pasta
  • Fruit juice (100% juice) 32oz – 64oz
  • New or Clean Reusable Grocery Bags 8 ½ x 14 x 15




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