Meal Resources for Families

Although schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts and community resources are providing meal assistance. Here is district information followed by restaurants we know of that are helping the community. The Virginia Department of Education also has information on accessing food during COVID-19 closures. No Kid Hungry Virginia has resources for children under the age of 18. 

The information in this post was last updated March 27, 2020.

See also: Where to Get Financial Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg City Public Schools is providing student lunches during this unanticipated school closure due to COVID-19. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, on a first come, first serve basis, according to the schedule.


Spotsylvania

SCPS has developed a food distribution program at designated sites.  Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, SCPS will distribute FREE breakfast and lunch grab and go bags to all children age 18 years and under, as well as to any enrolled student who participates in SCPS support services programs, such as REACH. 

Food Distribution at the following 18 school sites will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Please bring your children to the site as we can only give out food based on the number of children in your vehicle.
Food will be brought to your vehicle by staff.  In order to keep the line flowing, it is not necessary to get out of your vehicle.
If your older child can drive or walk to the site, it is not necessary for the parent/guardian to accompany them in order for them to receive grab and go meals. 

Please note: There are also plans to provide food similarly to students in several motels on Route 1, which currently house a substantial homeless student population.  


Stafford County

Beginning March 23, 2020, SCPS will offer meals to families at five sites:

  • Widewater Elementary located at 101 Den Rich Road in Stafford;
  • Kate Waller Barrett Elementary located at 150 Duffey Drive in Stafford;
  • Falmouth Elementary located at 1000 Forbes Street in Falmouth;
  • Rocky Run Elementary located at 95 Reservoir Road in Fredericksburg; and
  • North Star Early Childhood Education Center located at 101 Shepherds Way in Stafford.

Staff will distribute curbside “grab and go” bagged lunches as well as breakfast for the following day from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to providing school sites where families can pick up meals, SCPS will have food drop-off locations in the community. Families should look for an SCPS school bus or vehicle at these sites during the designated hours.  

Community members wishing to help should donate to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, which is supporting SCPS students with meals during this time.  Donations should be labeled for Stafford County Public Schools.


Westmoreland

From Westmoreland County Public Schools:

Governor Northam, in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, has ordered the closure of all K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year. While we understand the Governor’s decision, we also recognize that school closure poses a significant challenge for our students and your children. The administrative staff is working diligently, in collaboration with state officials, to develop plans to provide continued instruction and food service beyond this week, and throughout this long-term shut down. We will be sharing updates through phone messages, the division Facebook page, and the division website. We pray that you and your family stay safe and well during this challenging time. Please know that Westmoreland County Public Schools will be doing whatever we can to make a difficult situation better.

Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the Westmoreland transportation department will deliver school prepared meals to homes. Each day we will be delivering the most popular breakfast and lunches. Please take advantage and meet the bus to pick up your meals in a timely manner. If you choose not to receive meals, please call the school board office at 804-493-8156 or 804-493-8018. 


Agencies

Information may change so please check their websites.

Listing of Virginia food pantries

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank https://www.fredfood.org/

Stafford Emergency Relief https://www.serve-helps.org/

For more information about access to food for families including regional Food Banks, please call 211 or visit https://schoolmealfinder.hoonuit.com/?filter_state=va.


Restaurants

There are many great local businesses stepping up to make sure students are fed. This list was correct as of 3/27/20. Please check their websites or call to confirm as restaurants have been mandated to do take-out only, but may close.

Check local restaurant openings/offerings at B101.5. Many are offering discounted take-out meals, and some offer free dinners to children on certain days. 

Good Housekeeping compiled a list of restaurants providing free meals to children. Check with your local chain for offerings and updates.

Fredericksburg Parent & Family has a list of Kids Eat Free deals. Check with your local chain for offerings and updates. 


From S.E.R.V.E.

https://www.serve-helps.org/need-help/

Agency Name Contact Information Type of assistance offered Times of Service Area Served
Abundant Life Assembly of God 540- 720-2437 Food 9am to 1pm open every 1st & 3rd Wed Fred. City & Stafford.
Agape Fellowship Ministries 540-657-5771 Food Pantry Tues/Thurs. 10:00am to 6:00pm. Sat by appt. Stafford
Antioch United Methodist Outreach 540-752-7108 Food Pantry Tues. 11am to 1:30pm Thurs. 5pm to 7pm  
Aquia Episcopal Church 540-659-4007 Dinners on Wed. evenings Wenesdays Stafford
Barbara Carroll Comm. Outreach 540-538-9365   Tues. 10:00am to 1:00pm Fred
Bethel United Methodist Church 804-994-5344 Food Call ahead. Asst. 2nd Wed. Caroline
Bragg Hill Family Life Center 540-371-3662 Emergency Food Assistance M-F 10am to 3pm PD 16*
Central Virgnia Housing Coalition 540-604-9943 Housing Assistance Call for hours PD 16*
Childrens Home Society of VA 540-226-0583 Pregnancy Counseling open 24/7 Fred.
Christ Episocopal church 540-582-5033 USDA Food Pantry 2nd, 3rd Tues. and last Sat. of each month 10am to 12pm Spotsy
Christ Lutheran Church 540-373-5087 Food Wed. 10am to 11:30 am Fred. City
Craigs Baptist Church 540-854-5284 Food Pantry Call, leave message By appointment Spotsy
Disability Resource Center 540-373-2559 Center for Independent Living Call for schedule of classes PD 16*
Emmanuel AME Church 540-371-9222 USDA Food Pantry 2nd & 4th Sat. 10am – 2pm Stafford
Equipment Connection 540-373-6464 Wheel Chairs and other equipment M-F 9am to 4:30pm PD 16*
FAHASS 540-371-7532 Fred. Area Hiv/Aids Support Services Call for information PD 16*
Fairview Baptist Church Genesis Ministry- Judy Parker 540-659-3338 Food Pantry, Rental Assistance & Mortgage, Food Pantry 2nd & 4th Sat. Call Tue. & Thurs. 12pm to 5pm. PD 16*
First Christian Church 540-373-7716 Heating Gas Vouchers 3rd Tues. from 9am to 3pm PD 16*
Fredericksburg Baptist Church 540-373-4402 Emergency boxed food. 8:30 – 4:30, Supper Thurs. 5 – 8pm, Food Boxes Thurs. 5 – 8pm, Clothing Thur. 5-8pm M-F 8:30am – 4:30pm, Thurs. 5:00pm to PD 16*
Fredericksburg Presbyterian 540-373-7057 Food Pantry only M,W,F 11:00am to 1pm PD 16*
Fred. 7th Day Adventist 540-373-5794 Thrift Store & small Pantry M,W 11am to 1:00 pm Fred.
Fred. United Methodist Church 540-373-9021 Food Pantry M, T, W,F 1pm to 3pm PD 16*
Freedom Worship Center/ Fred. Church of God 540-361-1880 Food Pantry, Food for Life Tues. 9:00am to Noon Fred.
Highway Assembly of God 540-371-4343 Food pantry, motel clients, hot plates, pots Mon/Thur 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Wed 6pm – 7pm Fred.
Hollywood Church of the Brethren 540-373-9021 Food Bank Referrals M,T,W,F mornings PD 16* except Caroline/ sparta
Jerusalem Baptist Church 804-633-9222 Food Pantry, FFL Tues. 10am to 1:00 pm Caroline/Spar
Little Ark Baptist Church 540-663-2831 Food Pantry, Food for Life 3rd Sat. 9am – 11:30pm King George
Living Water Tabernacle 449 Jeff Davis Hwy, Fred. Utilities and Food Wednesday 6:15 – 7:15 Fred. City & Stafford
Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist 540-710-7380 Small Pantry on site Call church leave message Spotsy.
Micah Ecumenical Hospitality Center 540-373-5952 Shower, Clothes, Simple Meals, Use as mailing address, Make local calls; chronic homeless. Mon. -Fri. 9:00am – 11:00am Fred.
Micah Ministries 540-479-4116 Daytime homeless ministry including shower, Clothing and simple meal, Emergency food and no financial assist. Mon. – Fri. 9:30am to 11:30am PD 16*
New Life Community Church 540-659-5356 Call church for assistance during office hours Mon. – Fri. 9:00am to 5:30pm Stafford
New Site Community Outreach 540-899-6166 Food, Rent (no motels), Utilities Tues. & Thur. 10-12:30 PD 16*
Peace United Methodist Church 540-786-8585 Electric, Natural Gas & Food Thur. 9:30 – 11:30 PD 16*
People’s Union Baptist 540-775-7978 Food Pantry 3rd Sat. 9am – Noon PD 16*
Ramoth Baptist Church 540-659-4588 Food Pantry Call Church office Stafford
Rapp. Area Agency on Aging 540-371-3375 Home deliverd meals, FFL. Clients 60+ Small food pantry at meal centers Various meal centers PD 16*
Rapp. Area Home Share 540-371-1115 ext. 17 Housing: Please call to see how they can help you Mon. – Fri. 9am to 5pm PD 16*
Rapp. Council Against Sexual Assault, RCASA Intervention Services 540-371-5502 Hotline 540-371-1666 Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Outreach, Support groups Mon. – Fri. 9am to 5pm PD 16*
Rapp. Council on Domestic Violence Office 540-373-9372 Hotline 540-373-9373 Court Accompaniment, Safety Planning, Referrals, Intervention programs, Groups, Emergency Shelter, 24 Hour hotline Mon. – Fri. 8:30am to 5pm PD 16*
Rapp. Legal Services 540-371-1105 Legal Services Mon. – Fri. 9am to 5pm PD 16*
Redeemer Lutheran 540- 898-4748 Rent, Utilities & General Financial Assistance Tues. – Fri. 10am – 1:00pm Spotsy.
Rehoboth UMC 804-448-3619 USDA Pantry, FFL, Elderly Meal 4th Wed. 5:30pm – 7:30pm Caroline
Rhema Christian Ministry 540-891-5432 Food Pantry Wed. 4:00pm – 7:00pm Spotsy.
Round Oak Baptist Church 540-373-6862 Small dry goods pantry 1st & 3rd wed. 10am-12pm Caroline
Salem Baptist Church 540-786-7320 Food Assistance once every 60 days Thurs. 9am-12pm Fred city/Spotsy
Salem Baptist Church Glory Outreach 804-633-5583 Church located in Sparta, USDA food pantry and clothes located in Bowling Green Tues. 6:00pm – 8pm Last Sat. each month Caroline
Salem Fields Community Bread Basket 540-786-6212 USDA Food Pantry Sat. 11am – 1:00pm Sun. 11:30am – 1:30pm Spotsy.
Salvation Army 540-373-3431 Rent, Utilities, Food, Medications, FEMA intake, Energy Share (Jan-May) Appointment only M – F 9:15am – 4:00pm PD 16*
S.E.R.V.E. Inc. For Food Assistance call. 540-288-9603 For Financial Assistance call 540-288-8223 Emergency Food Pantry, Rent(No first month or Security deposits court ordered eviction notice needed), Utility Bills, Medications, Medical program with Moss Free Clinic for medication M – W 10am – 2:30pm Tue -Thurs 1pm – 4:30pm PD 16*
Seventh Day Adventist 540-373-5794 Financial Resources No Motels Mon-Wed 11am – 1:30pm PD 16*
Shiloh Baptist Old Site 540-373-8701 USDA Pantry, FFL, Meds, Fuel asst. Wed. 9am – Noon Fred
Spotswood Baptist 540-898-0757 Food Pantry 2nd & 4th Tue 10am-11am Fred
St. Faustina SVDP 540-834-5555 USDA Food Pantry/ Food For Life Wed. 4pm – 5pm, 2nd and 4th Sat. 3pm – 4pm Spotsy.
St. George’s Episcopal 540-373-4133 Food Bank Referrals M – F 9am – 5pm PD 16*
St. Mary of the Annunciation 804-448-9064 Once a month. Accepts referrals form from Social Services Tues/Thurs 6pm – 8pm Caroline
St. Matthews Outreach 540-834-4080 Food, Utilities, Rent, Meds, Clothing Tues. – Thurs. 10 – 1:30 Spotsy.
St. Peter’s Lutheran 540-659-6366 USDA Food Call M – F 9am – 3Pm Stafford
St. William of Yourk Outreach 540-720-6652 Financial Assistance and Food Call on Mon. to make a appt. for Wed. Also open Tues. & Thurs. from 9:30am to 11:30 Stafford
Store House Ministries 2303 Airport Ave. Fredericksburg Emergency Food Tues & Thur between 11am – 1pm PD 16*
Triangle Baptist Church 703-221-7191 Emergency Food Only 4th Tue. Of each month 11am – Noon Stafford
Trinity Episcopal Church 540-373-2996 Food Pantry Limited financial asst. 1st & 3rd tue. 5:30pm – 6:30pm Fred
Trinity Fellowship International Church 540-379-2024 Food Pantry Every Thur. 5:30pm – 6:30pm Stafford
Zion Baptist 540-786-8317 Rent, Utilities, Food Call Mon. after 9am for appointment Fred City, Spotsylvania

* PD 16 stands for Planning District 16 which includes the counties and cities: Caroline County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, and The City of Fredericksburg.