February 8, 2019
AFAC Meets Needs for Furloughed Workers
AFAC was able to serve Arlington families affected by the recent government shutdown. We saw families who never expected to need food assistance at our doors and provided them with supplemental groceries during their time of uncertainty. AFAC's doors are open to any Arlington resident who finds themselves in need of food.

We are grateful for the support of Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who volunteered at a morning food distribution and also donated a paycheck to our food pantry. Click the button below to read all the media press AFAC received in the past month.
Empty Bowls
Our 7th annual Empty Bowls was a tremendous success! Thank you to our sponsors, soup & bread donors, potters, volunteers from HB Woodlawn, Simon's Junction for the music, St. Andrews' Episcopal Church for hosting, and especially the Empty Bowls committee for putting this all together.
Shining A Light on Hunger
Come celebrate with the Arlington Food Assistance Center on March 21 from 6:30-9:30pm at Army Navy Country Club as we Shine a Light on Hunger and honor those in our community who contribute to AFAC's success. Tickets and sponsorships are available for purchase. Click here for more information.
Spring Garden Kick-off
Plot Against Hunger presents the 6th Annual Spring Garden Kick-off on Saturday, March 2 from 10am - 2pm at Arlington Central Library. The kick-off is a great way to learn about how to start a garden for AFAC, how to donate produce to AFAC, and hear from community garden coordinators and others about lessons learned. Click here to RSVP and for more information.
Feel the Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 23
Drew Community Center
AFAC is participating in the Feel the Heritage Festival on Saturday, February 23 from 1:00-6:00pm, a festival celebrating African American history and culture in Arlington. The event is free with several activities during the day. We need one adult volunteer from 3:00-5:30 to help promote AFAC, inform folks about our Cooking/Nutrition education and Plot Against Hunger programs.
Rooting DC
Saturday, February 23
Ron Brown College Prep HS, DC
AFAC's Plot Against Hunger and Nutrition/Cooking programs will be leading a few sessions at Rooting DC, a FREE event that draws thousands of participants each year, to teach, learn and share ideas about urban agriculture, food justice, community gardening, and more. We guarantee that you'll come away inspired and ready to put seeds in the ground. Click for more event information.
Volunteering Needs
Assist with Client Surveys
We are looking for volunteers to help administer our annual client surveys at some of our off-site distributions between Monday, 2/11 and Friday, 2/15. There are various shifts and locations, so you'll need to check the volunteer calendar for specifics. We welcome all helpers, but Spanish-speakers are encouraged!
Plot Against Hunger
Grow it Forward for AFAC
We need seedling growers who can grow 8-10" (6-8 week old) tomato and pepper seedlings for us to distribute to clients who have gardens, and to gardeners who grow for us. Can you help? Seedlings in individual pots needed by mid-May. Please contact Puwen.Lee@afac.org for details and to receive seeds.
Thank You
A big shoutout to all those organizations who participated in our Sponsor Purchased Food (SPF) progam: Islamic Relief USA and NACDS.

AFAC relies on the support of many volunteers to get our work done. In December, volunteer groups from AECOM; Ambassador Bible Church; American Society for Radiation Oncology; Arlington Church of the Brethren; Arlington Jaycees; Arlington Public Library; Ashlawn ES; Bethel UCC; Bridges to Independence; Capital One; Chamberlain College of Nursing; Clarendon UMC; Episcopal HS; Grace Community Church; Great American Restaurants; Holiday Inn - National Airport/Crystal City; Hyde Park Condominiums; Kiwanis Club of South Arlington; Main Event Catering; Money Equations; Monumental Sports; NDTA; Northern Virginia Kappa Alpha Theta; Potomac Ward LDS; Rep. Seth Moulton & Staff; Ritz Carlton - Pentagon City; Rock Spring UCC; St. John's Community Services; St. John's Episcopal Church; St. Mary's Episcopal Church; Stratford Program; Sycamore School; Temple Rodef Shalom; US Army Physical Disability Agency; UUCA; Wakefield HS PEP; and Washington-Lee HS volunteered their time. Our thanks to the many groups who help us feed the 2,300 families who come to AFAC each week. We appreciate the help of these groups and all of the individuals who volunteer for AFAC.
Thank you to all those who held food drives or donated to Plot Against Hunger!

Accenture LLP; ADC Cheer; AECOM; Alaska Airlines; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Zeta Chi Omega Chapter; Arlington Church of the Brethren; Arlington County Fire Department; Arlington Realtors Care; Arlington Women's Civic Alliance; ASTRO; The Belvedere Condominiums; Bethel UCC; BOWA; Calvary UMC; Central Library & Garden; Cherrydale Branch Library; Cityside; The Container Store; Crystal Towers; CWT Sato Travel; Dittmar Properties; The Dominion Guild; Dorchester Apartments; Fillmore Garden Apartments; First Presbyterian Church & Garden; Fresh Impact Farms; Gates Hudson Apartments; Gramercy Apartments; Horizon East & West; Hyde Park Condos; iCerv; Ivy Street Neighborhood MLK Food Drive; Kinder Haus Toys; Laureate Beta Upsilon; Memorial Baptist Church; The MITRE Corporation; Mount Vernon Masonry; Nestle; National Cooperative Bank; Northern Virginia Catholic Community; NRECA; Octo Org; One-to-One Fitness Center in McLean; The Park at Arlington Ridge Apartments; The Reserve at Clarendon; Restoration Anglican Church; Resurrection Lutheran Church & Garden; Rock Spring UCC & Garden; Rosslyn Vue Apartments; Shirlington Branch Library; Slalom Consulting; Spiritual Food CSA; SRF DC Meditation Center; St. Ann's Catholic Church; St. Ann's Catholic School; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church & Garden; St. John's Episcopal Church; St. Peter's Episcopal Church; Territory Foods; Thomas Jefferson Middle School's National Junior Honor Society; Troop # 2958; United Community Ministries; USDA in Beltsville; Westover Baptist Church; Westover Branch Library; Women's Club of Arlington; Zonta Club of Arlington

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, Discovery ES, McKinley ES, Nottingham ES, Tuckahoe ES, and Temple Rodef Shalom's Religious School.
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