Food Distribution Ministry Information

When can I pick up food? 

Touchless, drive-by pickup is offered from 4PM to 5:30PM every Tuesday afternoon at church (13224 Franklin Farm Road, Herndon). We share the same driveway as Children's World. 

What kinds of food are most needed?

Items most desired are: dry beans, white rice, canned meats, pasta sauce, cereal, crackers, healthy snacks, canned fruit, tea, coffee, ramen, tomato sauce (and stewed and diced tomatoes), dry pasta and cooking oil. Baby diapers are always most welcomed. 

How can I volunteer my time?

Current needs include picking up once a week from one of our donors (grocers or restaurants) - this usually takes 2 hours to pick up donations and return the items to church storage.  Each Monday and Tuesday morning from 11AM to 1PM volunteers are desired to help prepare food for Tuesday afternoon distribution. On Tuesday afternoons from 3:30PM til 5:30PM, volunteers are welcomed to distribute groceries. For information on helping to pickup food, contact Cathy Spaine at .

For a more detailed brochure about The Food Pantry, just click here

Serving from the heart

We believe Christ calls us to serve others with compassion and justice, so at COF you'll find a variety of ways in which we reach out to others.  COF packs food for Rise Against Hunger, provides weekly groceries to persons in need, and offers multiple scouting opportunities among other avenues of service. You are invited to serve God with your hands in any of these areas. 

The Food Pantry provides groceries to hungry persons in Western Fairfax every Tuesday beginning at 5PM.   With food gleaned from over 20 supermarkets, restaurants, and donations from a wide variety of sources, we serve about 100 families each week.   In 2020, during the pandemic, there were some weeks with over 900 individuals served.  The Virginia United Methodist Advocate ran a feature story on The Food Pantry in the January 2015 edition. For a copy, click here

Pathways (a mission partner)

Pathways offers a source of healing and hope to the people of Petersburg, Virginia. COF supports Pathways with periodic work teams, prayers and financial aid. Begun as a United Methodist mission, Pathways has grown to become an interfaith organization offering vocational and GED training, community stabilization and medical care. For more information visit www.pathways-va.org

Scouting at COF

COF sponsors scouting for all ages including Cub Scouts for early elementary youth to Boy Scouts and several coed Venture Scouting groups.  Throughout the week a host of Girl Scout troops find a place to gather and learn at COF.  Scouting for Food is an annual event bringing together hundreds of young scouts and their families with Volunteers of The Food Pantry in providing nonperishable food items to feed thousands of people. 

For more information about Scouting Ministry at COF, email Rory Maynard at or visit Troop 158's website at: www.troop158va.org

Sunrise Sundays

Every fourth Sunday of the month, we lead worship and singing at Sunrise Senior Living next to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital for our elders. An activity for all ages at 3PM to join in familiar hymns and fellowship.