The Bear Necessities

Introducing Bear Necessities

Fredericksburg Area Campus
SP1, room 114

  • Monday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2-6 p.m.

Fresh, frozen and shelf stable foods, and clothing closet available to all students. In partnership with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and Feeding America, Bear Necessities is now part of the Healthy Pantry Initiative.


OrderAhead is a fast, private, and easy way to order free groceries online. Simply log in, choose your groceries, and then arrive at the pickup site and claim your groceries. Customers are allowed to use this service two times per month.

Place your OrderAhead


Mobile Pantry

The Mobile Pantry is a drive-thru style pantry.  Items can include fresh and frozen proteins, fruits, vegetables, pantry items, and more.

No registration is required. 

Food Pantry Location

Brought to you by the Feeding America Network and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. Pick-up sites are located in the parking lot at each campus. This program is open to both students and community members. You can visit both the OrderAhead and the Mobile Pantry if you choose.

  • Fredericksburg Area Campus
    • Pick-up available every fourth Tuesday from 1:30 -2:30 p.m.
  • Locust Grove Campus
    • Pick-up available every fourth Wednesday from 1:30 -2:30 p.m.

Questions? Email

Germanna Food Pantries and Grab & Go Carts

Germanna has Food Pantries available at the Fredericksburg Area Campus, the Locust Grove Campus, and the Barbara J. Fried Center in Stafford.  Food can also be sent to the Daniel Technical Center and FredCat as requested.  Students can find staples, canned foods, cereal, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, fresh and frozen proteins, personal hygiene products, and diapers and formula when available.  In addition, Grab and Go Carts, free and available to students, include items like ramen, snacks and granola bars.  Carts are available whenever the campus is open.

For questions or to request pantry access outside of normal hours, please email

Fredericksburg Area Campus

Pantry location: Earl Dickenson Building (SP1) Room 114E

Hours: Monday  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  and Thursday  2 - 6 p.m. 

Grab and Go Cart: Located near the entrance to the pantry

Locust Grove Campus

Pantry Location: Counseling Services, room 205

Hours: Mondays - Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Grab and Go Cart: Located by the door to the Student Lounge


Barbara J. Fried Center, Stafford

Pantry Location: Counseling Services, room 130

Hours:  Mondays - Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Grab and Go Cart: Located inside the Student Lounge

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank

The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank serves Locust Grove, Stafford, Caroline, Spotsylvania, and King George Counties and the City of Fredericksburg

Online Resources

  • The FredFood app will give you the locations of food pantries as well as other food assistance programs in our community, including pop up and mobile pantries. 
  • OrderAhead is a fast, private and easy way to order free groceries online.  

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves Culpeper, Madison and Orange Counties.

Blue Ridge Food Finder helps you find additional food pantries in your area

Meals on campus

Student Life & Leadership and other departments often offer free meals for events held on campus. Check your student emails regularly or go to The Grizz to learn when sandwiches, pizza, and other meals will be offered for free.

SNAP Enrollment

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP provides a monthly benefit to individuals and families through an Electronic Benefits Card (EBT) to supplement the purchase of nutritious foods. Research from SCHEV estimates that nearly 25% of VCCS students would be eligible for SNAP, but only a tiny fraction of them received SNAP benefits.

Through the use of Single Stop, Germanna helps students determine eligibility for SNAP benefits.  We also have SNAP 50/50 support specialists who can help you with your SNAP application. Email for more information.

Dr. Yum Project

The dr. yum project is a non-profit organization on a mission to help families and communities overcome the barriers to eating well.  Take a tour of their website here:

Contact Us

Counseling Services

Fredericksburg Campus

Locust Grove Campus


Germanna Cares

  • We care about you. If you need help, contact the Germanna Cares team for emergency assistance, food pantry access, and referrals to community resources.

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