A Place to Eat

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency breakfast and lunch at aver 30 sites in addition to several pop up locations. Some students, however, rely on weekend food bags or pantry food in addition to what is provided. To help these students and families who have limited access to these food sources, A Place to Stand is organizing volunteers to pack donations into bags and make deliveries to families in need.

We need volunteer drivers to deliver food bags to identified students. Contact our director of A Place to Eat, Katy Malesky, if you’d like to be added to our volunteer list: [email protected]

We are also accepting monetary donations to not only meet the need while school is not in session, but to replenish the pantries when we return. This contribution gives us purchasing power and the flexibility to meet the specific needs for each school.

The situation with FCPS will be closely monitored and we will work to extend our assistance if schools are closed beyond April 13.

A Place to Eat @ Mt. Vernon HS
Beginning in October 2017, https://aplacetostand.org/apts-food-program-at-mt-vernon-hs/A Place to Stand began supporting a Food Program at Mt. Vernon High School. APTE@MVHS currently serves over 100 students per week thanks to our community partnership with Food for Others, help from Britepaths, donations from Panera Bread, produce from the Mosaic Farmer’s Market, and shelf stable food from the Mount Calvary Community Church. If your organization is able to help sustain this program through monetary or in-kind donations, please contact Gordon Brown at [email protected].

A Place to Eat in Fairfax City
A Place to Eat has expanded to two schools in Fairfax City! We are are providing supplementary food through APTE@Lanier and APTE@ Fairfax HS. These programs provide a welcoming and convenient space for students to access food and hygiene items. Any student who self identifies or is identified by school staff as needing additional food can take advantage of the A Place to Eat program on a regular or emergency basis. This program works in partnerships with Food for Others and Britepaths. For questions about how you can help, contact [email protected].

Please Donate to A Place to Eat here and mention which school you would like to support in the notes section.

The Garden at Mt. Vernon High School
On April 21, 2018 more than 100 volunteers from a half dozen organizations came to clean, dig, plant, weed, mulch, and build in the courtyard of MVHS. EJ Delpero of the Mason Veterans Association and Service Year Alliance coordinated and spearheaded the effort.

The newly renovated courtyard is both beautiful and functional. The garden will provide fresh vegetables to members of the Mt. Vernon community in need, in a sustainable manner. Approximately 50% of Mt. Vernon high school students and families suffer hunger. This is a collaborative effort that has already enjoyed the support of numerous organizations. The sustaining organizations are primarily two student clubs: The Humanitarian Club and the Make-A-Difference Club, as well as A Place to Stand. If you are willing and able to support the effort to sustain the gardens, and help us to get food out to the community, please donate to A Place to Stand.

Thank you to George Mason’s Student Veterans of America, Travis Manion Foundation, The Mission Continues, Wounded Warrior Project, Minority Veterans of America and Service Year Alliance for collaborating with A Place to Stand to transform the gardens at Mt. Vernon High School.