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Food, toilet paper, masks: Fairfax diner becomes free community pantry amid COVID-19

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29 Diner in Fairfax has turned the inside of the restaurant into a free community pantry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside you will find tables filled with non-perishable food items and household items.

The Diner is even offering free hot meals-to-go for anyone in need, every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John Wood said the effort is called the "Community First Initiative."

The goals are to help at-risk youth, families in need and first responders.

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Wood said there are no restrictions on who can come and get what they need.

So far, Wood says the diner has fed about at least 10,000 people for free.

He hopes to continue the cause and would love the support of anyone who can help.

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Wood said all of this has been made possible by the generosity of others. He has collected donations from roughly 500 people.

Wood is also teaming up with Kimberly Adams, the president of the Fairfax Education Association Teachers Union, Ron Kuley, the president of the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics union , Matt Curry's Craftsman Auto Care, Fairfax City Councilmember So Lim, Fairfax City Councilmember Sang Yi, Summit Church and Capital Baptist Church to make this happen.

You can learn about how to get involved in the 29 Diner website or through the GoFundMe page Wood created to help the effort.

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