May 2022
Volunteer Recognition Awards
Here at AFAC, volunteers are essential to our operations in helping us feed our neighbors in need. On June 5, AFAC will hold a small volunteer recognition program to celebrate the dedication of our many volunteers and will hand out our Volunteer of the Year awards. This year, our honoring the following:

Volunteer of the Year: Stephanie Viscardi
Group of the Year: St. Mary's Episcopal Church (pictured)
Teen Volunteer of the Year: Jack Egge
Community Partner of the Year: Village Sweet Bakery

To read more about our honorees, click here.
AFAC Updates
Offsite Food Distribution Update
AFAC is excited to announce that two existing food distribution sites (Arlington Mill and Gates of Ballston) will now be opened up to the wider community, making them more accessible to any Arlington resident in need. To read more, click here.
Home Deliveries Update
In April, we made our 10,000th delivery of groceries through our Home Delivery program! Established in March 2020, the Home Delivery program was created in direct response to the pandemic to reach residents who were in quarantine or were homebound due to a severe short or long term medical condition or disability. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and supporters who are making this program a success!
APS Award
Earlier this month, AFAC was named Arlington Public Schools Community Partner of the Year! We work closely with school social workers to enroll families in need in our food distribution program. Many classrooms also support us by holding food drives for AFAC. We are honored to receive this award and are grateful for this partnership!
AFAC in TIME Article
Bruce Horovitz, an AFAC volunteer, published an article in TIME about how young workers are actively seeking jobs that do good. In this article, Bruce interviewed Chabeli Wells, AFAC’s Volunteer Coordinator, and Charles Meng, AFAC’s CEO. To read this article, click here.
Arlington Arts Survey
Arlington Cultural Affairs is working with public art and placemaking firm Graham Projects to design a future arts space at 2700 South Nelson Street (next to AFAC), and is seeking your input through May 30. Click here to take the survey and share your thoughts on how this space should look!
Upcoming Events
'Fill the Cruiser' Food Drive
May 20
The Arlington County Police Department will be holding their 3rd annual ‘Fill The Cruiser’ event on Friday, May 20 from 4 - 6 PM and will be collecting nonperishable food for AFAC and diapers for Doorways. Donations will be collected at the Giant Food – 2901 S. Glebe Road and Lee Harrison Shopping Center – 5335 Langston Boulevard (across the street from Safeway on N Harrison St).
Food Drive at Safeway
May 21 & 22
This weekend, we will have a food drive at the Safeway located at 2500 N Harrison St between 10 AM - 4 PM. Most wanted items are canned food items (tomato, tuna, soups, and beans) and cereal. Stop by and purchase extra items to donate to AFAC!
Spring Garden Kickoff
May 21
Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture formally invites you to their rescheduled spring garden kick off at Arlington Central Library on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be a panel discussion, garden tours, seed giveaways and more! Event is free. Click to register or to find out more information.
Volunteer Updates
Volunteer Appreciation Week
Volunteer Appreciation Week was April 18 - 23. To show our appreciation, AFAC's Volunteer Department put together some special treats for our volunteers last week with the help of some local businesses. Click here to see a recap of our fun filled week!
Special Thanks
New District Brewing
Thirsty? Stop by New District Brewing Company and try their Blueberry Hefeweizen, a new brew created by Hardy Boys Consulting. Best of all, $1 for every pint sold goes to AFAC! Cheers and thank you New District and Hardy Boys Consulting for partnering with AFAC!
Stamp Out Hunger
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive last weekend! We were thrilled to have this event once again after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. This weekend, we collected nearly 7,000 lbs of food, all of which will help us feed our neighbors in need. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped us quickly sort the donations into food categories on Saturday as the food arrived at AFAC. To see the full photo album, click here.
Spring Event Photos
We had an amazing time at our annual Spring event, Shining a Light on Hunger! Thank you again to all of our event sponsors (listed below) and guests who helped make the event a success. To see our entire photo album, click here.
Thank You to our Spring Event Sponsors!
Equinox Sponsor
Polaris Sponsor
A New Day Sponsors
George & Sue Covucci
Dan Martino
Jason & Amy Ruggiero
Ray of Light Sponsors
John Andelin & Ginger Geoffrey
Daphne Papamichael & Tim Nichols
Mamie Papamichael
Beacon of Hope Sponsors
John & Linda Kelleher
Tim & Cindy Matlack
Bobby & Tobi Rozen
Elizabeth & John Slanta
Brian & Courtney Tanenbaum
Spring into Action Sponsors
Jeff Bollman & Tania Downing
Evalyn Carter
George & Marjorie Hobart
Alan Kadrofske
Thomas & Clare Klanderman
Charlie Meng
Edd & Anita Nolen
Jeri Somers
Spotlight on Hunger Sponsors
Bob & Jan Blancato
James Brigagliano & Joan McKown
CJ Frisina
Joan & Tom Kelsch
John Romano & Elaina Newport
Arlene & Larry Spinelli
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