When families in our community are struggling to feed themselves and keep a roof over their heads, Cornerstones’ emergency services helps them regain stability and self-sufficiency. We offer a wide array of services that both address immediate concerns such as food, rent, and utilities, and help clients plan for the future.
Cornerstones, along with other nonprofit, faith-based organizations, schools and government programs, is working on several fronts to end hunger and address the root causes of poverty and food insecurity. One first step has been the creation of an inventory of supplemental and subsidized food providers in the larger Herndon-Reston area.
Would you like to donate food?
Click here for a map showing sixteen nonprofit and faith-based organizations that accept food donations (including the foods that they accept, the size of a donation they can accept, etc.)
Do you need food?
Click here for a map to find food programs and requirements to be served (ex: if you need and ID, or if you need to schedule an appointment, etc.).
Assistance Services and Pantry Program (ASAPP)
Cornerstones’ Assistance Services and Pantry Program (ASAPP) is the largest food pantry in northwest Fairfax County that is open to the public 37 hours per week and one Saturday morning a month.
In FY 2015 ASAPP provided 7,239 individuals in 2,353 families (3,927 children) with food and critical services. Services included the provision of 17,048 bags of supplemental food and toiletries, 904 packets of diapers/wipes, 786 vouchers for clothing, and $16,904 in rent and utility assistance. Cornerstones appreciates the generosity of the community which donates almost all the pantry food and 2,461 seasonal gifts, from back-to-school bags and Thanksgiving food baskets, to holiday gifts for kids.
Cornerstones’ “SNAP at Market” — The Most Successful in the County! In FY 2015, Cornerstones piloted a new initiative at Reston Farmers Market where SNAP (food stamps) could be used to purchase fresh produce. With partner support, every SNAP dollar used at the market was matched up to $10 to encourage healthy food choices.
Assistance Services and Pantry Program
11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 120
Reston, VA 20190
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
1st Saturday of each month: 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Our emergency services include a food pantry stocked with fresh food, non-perishable items, and personal care items. We also deliver to senior clients and local low-income housing complexes. In addition to helping clients feed their families, we offer short-term emergency financial assistance to people needing help with paying rent, and we can also help with heating and cooling bills. Clients may also have access to other services such as case management and financial counseling, both of which can help individuals and families overcome the obstacles that lead to their current crisis.
Eligible Reston or Herndon residents may receive assistance by presenting a photo ID and a piece of mail from the last 30 days. Many of these new households are accessing social services for the first time due to layoffs or lack of work. Thanks to the support of our community, we have been able to help an increasing number of people feed their families and stay in their own homes.
Clients benefit from our life skills classes, which focus on health, nutrition, cooking, exercise, and accessing government benefits.
Click here to learn more about our financial assistance programs.
Click here to view the Emergency Services Donations Wish List.
Questions about Food & Basic Needs services? Contact Minnie Orozco, Program Manager, Urgent Needs and Life Skills, 571-323-1410.
Do you need help and are not sure where to start? If you live or work in Fairfax County call 703-222-0880 for services, information or referrals. Get connected and get answers.