In the months of February and March, NWFCU Foundation hosts a crucial food drive dedicated to supporting food-insecure children in our community. This initiative is a vital component of the backpack program in our local schools, through which essential food items are sent home with students every Friday, ensuring they have adequate nutrition throughout the weekend.

Items we collect in the months of February and March include:

  • cups of mac and cheese
  • cups of Chef Boyardee
  • cups of applesauce
  • cups of soup
  • granola bars
  • individual boxes of cereal
  • individual shelf-stable milk
  • oatmeal packets
  • popcorn packets
  • tuna packets

In 2024 our Northwest employees, members and partners joined forces to collect over 35,000 food items. That was enough food to fill 10 vans! Items were delivered to Helping Hungry Kids, Seven Loaves, Bags of Love, and the South Lakes Food Pantry. Former Commanders quarterback, Sam Howell, even lent a hand in assembling 250 weekend food bags for Dogwood Elementary School. Thank you to all who donated to the success of this effort and for creating encouragement cards for the recipients! 

We invite you to watch our "Fill the Van" video to revisit the highlights and mission moments of this impactful initiative. 

Video Credit:  Chris Matschat, CoCreateAble LLC


If you would like to contribute, please bring your food items to any Northwest Federal Credit Union branch or the Foundation located at 220 Spring Street, Suite 120, Herndon, VA during the months of February and March 

How can I donate?

Donations for this outreach drive can also be made in advance online anytime. Donate with confidence knowing that 100% of your contribution goes directly toward our mission.



How can I partner with NWFCU Foundation?

We are seeking drive partners for our 2025 program to amplify our impact. If your business is interested in linking arms with NWFCU Foundation for this impactful outreach drive, please email for more information. Our valued outreach partners will have their logos prominently featured on our drive materials in exchange for a monetary donation, which will be used to purchase additional food for students in need.

Together, let's make a difference in our community's education and well-being.