NORTHERN VIRGINIA (WDVM) — Northern Virginia schools and organizations received a large portion of funding from No Kid Hungry’s $1.6 million grant distribution across the state to fight food insecurity.

The organization has distributed more than $4 million during the pandemic to help feed hungry families.

A total of 14 Northern Virginia organizations received grants in 2021:

  • Loudoun County Public Schools – $7,500 
  • Loudoun Hunger Relief – $10,000  
  • Manassas City Public Schools – $20,000 
  • Northern Virginia Food Rescue – $50,000 
  • ALIVE!, Inc. – $30,000 
  • Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center – $25,000 
  • Fauquier County Public Schools – $21,000 
  • Helping Hungry Kids of Northern Virginia – $5,000 
  • Real Food For Kids – $125,000 
  • She Believes In Me – $15,000 
  • The Good News Community Kitchen – $151,732 
  • Piedmont Environmental Council – $50,000 
  • La Cocina VA – $100,000 
  • Cornerstones – $30,000 

Sarah Steely, Associate Director for No Kid Hungry, says hunger affects the entire state. So, why the focus on Northern Virginia?

“When we think about Northern Virginia specifically, it’s one of the wealthiest regions in the country, but it also has a high cost of living and it also has an enormous population, so those things combined means there is a large number of kids and families experiencing food insecurity,” said Steely.

The grants help school districts and organizations navigate the added staffing and equipment costs required to adapt their programs to operate safely during the pandemic.