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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.