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Food Security Resources

A lot of great work is happening throughout Virginia to address food insecurity. From the Office of Governor Northam and state agencies, to community-led advocacy organizations, there is tremendous effort being placed on eradicating hunger in Virginia.

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Summer Nutrition Resources

Households in need of food resources may be eligible for assistance through the following community-based programs:

  • The Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option provides meals at schools, public housing centers, community centers, playgrounds, camps, parks and houses of worship. Households may use the online USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder for locations and times of the closest meal sites. Meals are free for all children aged 18 or younger, and no application or proof of income is needed.
  • SNAP households can also utilize the Virginia Fresh Match program, which matches SNAP benefits dollar-for-dollar when purchasing fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets and neighborhood grocery stores. A list of participating locations can be found using the interactive map.
  • The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) is offering a recurring cash benefit value of $35 for the summer months. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program administered by the Virginia Department of Health for women that are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently had a baby in the last six months, in addition to infants and children. Participants receive an electronic benefit to purchase nutritional foods that will supplement a healthy diet. Households can view eligibility or apply online.
  • The Federation of Virginia Food Banks provides a list of food banks across Virginia. To access the Virginia Food Bank Locator, click here.

Virginia Food Security Summit

On October 22, 2020, the Office of Governor Northam, the Virginia Department of Social Services, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks hosted the first annual Virginia Food Security Summit. The Summit focused on the current state of food insecurity in Virginia and highlighted the Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger as well as insights from local food security partners. Participants had the opportunity to engage in smaller breakout discussions on child nutrition strategies, food as medicine, and healthy food access. Recordings from the Food Security Summit are available below.

General Session
Child Nutrition Breakout Session
Food As Medicine Breakout Session
Healthy Food Access Breakout Session

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