of Northern Virginia

Hundreds of children in Northern Virginia need food every year. Help us provide them enough to eat.


COVID-19 Update: September 5, 2020

Using COVID protocols, and a skeleton crew, HHK has continued to pack weekend food bags on Fridays. Since Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) closed in March, we have distributed these bags at Dogwood ES. To date, we have packed more than 2,500 bags this summer and about 4,500 bags since March.

We are overwhelmed by all your generous support! Our supporters and devoted volunteers have used the Amazon Wish List, dropped off food items, and donated money online and by mail. 

  • The Vale Club has been a constant support this summer. They have collected and donated food, shopped for HHK, and volunteered their time to prepare for packing. 

  • Heritage Fellowship Church continues to provide storage needs and food donations. 

  • The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation has collected food at grocery stores throughout Northern Virginia and donated large amounts of food to Dogwood ES and HHK.

We are so proud that HHK has, for the first time, been able to pack and distribute food during the summer. We are so thankful to our supporters during the last six months!

For current information about FCPS and COVID-19, visit FCPS.



Our goal is to provide packs to local elementary school children who lack enough food on weekends and during breaks.


Connie Laurent-Roy and Sandy Amato had a vision that began in a basement in Reston, Virginia in 2009. They knew not every child in Fairfax county had enough food on weekends and during school breaks. So they created Helping Hungry Kids (HHK) of Northern Virginia to serve the community.

For more than 10 years, HHK has provided packs to local elementary school children who lack enough food. Each pack costs about $6 and contains enough food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2-3 snacks. Pantry items include fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, cereal, soup, mac n' cheese, and milk.

We distribute more than 13,000 food packs each school year to children at 12 area elementary schools including:

  • Aldrin

  • Armstrong

  • Clearview

  • Coates

  • Cub Run

  • Dogwood

  • Forest Edge

  • Hunters Woods

  • Lake Anne

  • London Towne

  • Terraset


We also donate more than 1,200 snacks each week for children who are often too hungry to focus on learning.


TENTATIVE: Food Drive (Monthly)
Sun, May 17
Giant Food
May 17, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM EDT
Giant Food, 2551 John Milton Dr, Herndon, VA 20171
Join us at Giant Food as we collect food donations to assist the most vulnerable in our community.
TENTATIVE: Packing Session (Weekly)
Wed, Apr 29
Apr 29, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Reston, Reston, VA, USA
We pack food bags and snacks every Tuesday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.


Make A Difference


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MOD Pizza in Herndon, VA will donate 20% of lunch and dinner sales on a future date to Helping Hungry Kids of Northern Virginia (HHK). Just tell the cashier you are supporting HHK! Stay tuned for updates! Thank you!


Helping The Community

Donations provide money for food, office supplies and storage space. Since 98% of contributions go towards children in need, you can feel good about where your money goes.

Our future depends on continuing help from loyal supporters. Will you make a difference with your donation?

Helping Hungry Kids of Northern Virginia is fiscally sponsored by and a DBA of CORE Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, EIN 20-5997764. All donations are tax-deductible. 



Ellen Scheinfeld, Director

Kate Brown, Treasurer

Susan Dax, Secretary

Special thanks to Heritage Fellowship Church for providing storage and weekly packing space.

P.O. Box 3631, Reston, VA 20195


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