For 44 years, LCAC has served southeastern Fairfax County, helping people in financial crisis remain safely housed, fed, and on the path to stability. Each week, it distributes more than 8,500 pounds of food to families and seniors, with volunteers delivering groceries directly to the most vulnerable households. Individual case management, along with classes in computers, ESL, and budgeting, help adults strengthen their employability and financial management. Meanwhile, fun educational programs (including free snacks and lunches) keep kids safe and engaged after school, during breaks, and throughout the summer. And from emergency rent and utilities, to furniture, clothing, and school supplies, LCAC provides extra support when needed. Powered by 800 volunteers and 10 staff, LCAC reaches 3,200 people each year, many of whom are living one paycheck away from homelessness. For these families, your support is a lifeline.

COVID-19 Update: LCACís pantry is open to clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with all interactions taking place outside in the parking lot. Snack packs are offered at this time as well. (Volunteers may drop off donations on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday from 9-3). Size 6 diapers, pasta and pasta sauce, canned fruit, and childrenís snacks are among the most needed and popular items. Clothing donations are not accepted at this time, but clients may utilize Lortonís attic for their clothing needs. Adult education classes continue virtually Ė until itís possible to meet in person again.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; LCAC is dedicated to serving individuals and families in southeast Fairfax County, VA, including Fort Belvoir, Lorton, and Newington.

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Fort Belvoir Elementary School; Gunston Elementary School; Hayfield Secondary School; Laurel Hill Elementary School; Lorton Station Elementary School; Newington Forest Elementary School; Phillips School for Contemporary Education; Silverbrook Elementary School ; William Halley Elementary School; South County Secondary School

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   2,989 (unduplicated)
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   810
  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   21,815 hours
  • Unique pantry visits:   10,537

Awards & Recognition

Recognition by the Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington as one of the best small charities in the area.

2014-15 - Certificate of Appreciation from Fairfax County Public Schools - Department of Special Services: Career and Transition Services for our work with middle and high school students with disabilities.


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Lorton Community Action Center is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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