June 2019
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic - Sunday, June 9
Join us on Sunday and help us thank our wonderful volunteers for all they do for AFAC! Volunteers serve close to 50,000 hours towards AFAC's cause and we could not serve our community without their help!
Spouses, partners and children are all welcome.  Click here to RSVP.
ART Bus at Ballston Quarter
There is still time to catch the ART bus at Ballston Quarter! Arlington Transit partnered with AIA Northern Virginia to build this bus out of canned goods, all of which will come to AFAC when it will be taken down on Saturday, June 8. Stop by Ballston Quarter before then to check it out!

Stamp Out Hunger Recap
Thank you to everyone who supported and donated to this year's Stamp Out Hunger! Over 27,000 pounds of food was collected. This will help keep our shelves stocked for the start of the summer! Thank you to the volunteer groups from Bloomberg BNA, Booz Allen Hamilton, Dartmouth Alumni, and NetImpact Strategies for their help on the day of the event. Click here for photos.

Arlington Connection covered this event in their newspaper. Click here to read their recap.
Summer Hunger Challenge
Take AFAC's Summer Hunger Challenge and help us feed families throughout the summer! When classes end in June, so do the free/reduced school meals that struggling families rely on for their children. Sponsor a family in need and provide them with fresh groceries over the summer months! "Shop" on our Virtual Food Drive to help feed families in need.
Staffing Updates
We have a few staffing changes to announce. John Moriarity, Warehouse Assistant for the past year and a half, left in May to seek other opportunities and has been replaced by Matt Bell (pictured); Ellen Chadbourne, Development Assistant for the past year, has taken a position with FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) where she will work in student ministries; and Aisha Salazar, Cooking & Nutrition Manager for the past 5 years, will be leaving AFAC next week for a position with the Virginia Cooperative Extension as Associate Extension Agent running their Nutrition Education and Master Food Volunteers program for Arlington and Alexandria.

We will miss them all and wish them great success in their future endeavors.
A search is being conducted for the Development position and once a position description has been completed, the search for a replacement for Aisha will be announced.

Remember to welcome Matt when you volunteer at our warehouse!
Golf Tournament
Monday, September 16
12:30 pm start
AFAC's 5th annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Credibility International, is moving to the Army Navy Country Club right here in Arlington! Foursomes and sponsorships are now available for purchase. Click here for more information.
Volunteer News
Congratulations, Laura!
Congratulations to Laura Jackson for winning the Volunteer Arlington Award! This award is presented by the Leadership Center for Excellence and recognizes her leadership in the Arlington community through her former role as AFAC's Director of Volunteer Services and her current role at AHC Inc. Laura continues to help out AFAC by delivering food to afterschool programs and leading groups during AFAC's large scale food drives. She will be honored along with others at the annual Arlington Cares: A Celebration of Volunteerism event on July 23. Way to go, Laura!
Gleaning at JK Community Farm
Purcellville, VA
Need a group bonding experience? Join AFAC to help harvest and plant crops at the JK Community Farm in Purcellville on Tuesdays and Saturdays. No gardening experience necessary.
June: 22
July: 2, 20, 30
August: 10, 13, 24, 27
September: 7, 10, 21 (filled), 24
JK Farm can accommodate 10 volunteers on Tuesday dates and 50 volunteers on Saturday dates.

For details contact volunteer4afac@afac.org
Plot Against Hunger
Get updates from Plot Against Hunger by following Plot's own group on Facebook!
Thank you to 2nd graders at Patrick Henry Elementary School for growing and selling cherry tomato seedlings to raise funds for AFAC this spring. It was great to meet you all on Tuesday! Yes, we will use the money you raised to help others!

Thank you to the following gardeners (and many others) for growing seedlings for AFAC clients and Plot gardeners this spring:

Campbell Elementary School, Catherine Connor, Episcopal High School, Full Circle Montessori, Sue Howell, Susi Lill, JK Community Farm, Judy Lynn, Our Savior Lutheran Elementary School, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Anastasia Pruitt, Rainbow Farm, Mary Resnick, Sandy Robinson, Dave Smith, Marymount University Food for Thought Club, Mencit Thomas, Mt. Vernon Estate, Youth Garden at National Arboretum, 22nd Century Technologies in McLean, and many others.
Garden Talks
Wednesdays, 7 pm
Arlington Central Library
Our 2019 Garden Talks at Central Library continue! For a full list of topics for the season, click here.

Upcoming topics:
June 12: Insects: Pesticides & Beneficials
June 19: Weeds 101 - Keep those Weeds at Bay
June 26: Body for the Techniques for the Garden
July 3: No Garden Talk
Thank You
Huge thanks to Slalom’s DC office for dedicating the month of May to AFAC! They held multiple SPF baggings at their location in McLean, served a combined 140 volunteer hours, held food drives, and raised money through creative fundraisers like happy hours, yoga sessions, and partnerships with local restaurants. Thank you for your continued support!

Incredible thanks to Islamic Relief for their donation of 2,573 pounds of pasta for our families. Thank you to Federal Lock & Safe for their donation of 736 pounds of nonperishable foods. Thank you to the Junior League of Northern Virginia for organizing a food drive at Giant food that collected 388 pounds of food!
Thank you to all those who held food drives or donated to Plot Against Hunger in May!

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture; Arlington Chorale; Arlington Church of the Brethren; Bruce & Becki Dodd's Garden; Carl Sandberg Middle School; Central Library & Garden; Clarendon Presbyterian Church Garden; Congregation Adat Reyim Preschool; Congregation Etz Hayim; Design Cuisine; Federal Advisory Partners; First Presbyterian Church & Garden; Fort Barnard Community Garden; Girl Scout Troop #4563, 2990, 5837; Hall's Hill Neighborhood Day; Keller Williams' Kristin Francis Team; Kiwanis Club of Arlington; Lancaster Co-Op CSA; Macy's of Pentagon City; Mary Moran's Garden; Marymount University's Food for Thought Garden Club; Memorial Baptist Church; Mount Vernon Masonry; Nestlé; Net Impact Strategies; NOVA Catholic Community; Peggy Cantfil's Garden; Potomac Overlook Garden; Rock Spring UCC & Garden; SeKON; Saint Clement Episcopal Day School; Snag-A-Job; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church & Garden; St. Ann's Catholic Church; St. John's Episcopal Church; St. Mary's Episcopal Church; Susan Howell's Garden; Territory Foods; United Community; Virginia Hospital Center; Walter Reed Annex Garden; Washington-Lee's Serving Society Club; Washington Youth Garden; Westover Branch Library & Garden

Big thanks to the Arlington Public Schools that donate healthy snacks on a weekly basis as a part of the Food Bus program: Abingdon ES, Arlington Science Focus ES, Arlington Traditional ES, Ashlawn ES, Discovery ES, McKinley ES, Nottingham ES, Oakridge ES, Tuckahoe ES, Temple Rodef Shalom's Religious School, and Washington-Lee HS.

Many thanks to the farmers' markets and farm vendors in Arlington who donate unsold fresh and local produce to AFAC all season long. Participating farmers' markets include Arlington Courthouse, Ballston, Columbia Pike, Crystal City, Fairlington, Marymount, Rosslyn, and Westover.
Fresh News is generously sponsored by Washington Workplace
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