If any student is in need of emotional support during this stressful time, he/she can email studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu to receive virtual support. Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) will have counselors and other school-based mental health staff respond to any student who needs assistance. PWCS cares deeply about our students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school, and we want you to know that we are only an email away.

As a reminder, this email will not be checked 24 hours a day, but it will be checked often during daytime hours each day. If you ever have an emergency situation, please reach out to a trusted family member who may be able to render immediate help.

To Go Meals Available During School Closure

Food Pantry List.pdf

Resources for Unsheltered.pdf

What is Backpack Buddies?
Did you know that 1 in 3 kids face food insecurity in our area?  To address this very real concern, the staff at Victory Elementary School in partnership with the Victory community have created the Backpack Buddies program to support Westies who may go hungry over the weekend without our support.  
 
Victory’s student services staff have personally identified those students who are in very real danger of going hungry without our help.  This program will provide kid-friendly, non-perishable food to students over the weekend when school meals are not available and there may be little to no food to eat at home. 
 
 We need your help to support these kids in the coming year.  Here's what you can do: 
 
1) Adopt a backpack.  Please consider "adopting" one or more backpacks; for just $380, you can provide weekend meals to a child in need for the rest of the school year.  Group sponsorships are another great way to help!  Please consider asking your book club, Girl or Boy Scout Troop, bible study, neighbors, etc., to sponsor a backpack as a group!   

2) Donate Food Directly.  We are always in need of direct donations to the VES food pantry: oatmeal, shelf-stable milk, canned fruit and vegetables, dry pasta and rice, soup, tuna, and peanut butter are always needed.  Contributing to the food bank is as easy as picking up an extra item on your weekly shopping trip (a can of green beans is less than $1!) and sending it in to school in your child's backpack.   

3) Volunteer.  We need volunteers to collect and distribute backpacks, inventory the food shelf and pack backpacks every week!  Please contact Christina Devers at DeversCM@pwcs.edu if you would like to help.

4) Spread the word.  Tell your neighbors and friends about the program and ask them to help! 

Please help us ensure that no student returns to school on Monday hungry!  Childhood hunger is happening to kids in our neighborhood, but we can do something about it.  Please do what you can to help! 

Urgent Needs:

Shelf-Stable/ Powdered Milk
Soup or Stew
Canned dinners
Canned tuna or chicken
Peanut butter (small jars or individually packaged)
Oatmeal
Canned Fruit & Vegetables
Canned or dry beans
Dry Pasta
Rice

**Individually-packaged and small, lightweight cans and containers are best please!**

Food Pantry List.pdf

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