November 2020
Scouting for Food Update
Every year, the annual Scouting for Food drive collects more than 50,000 lbs of food donations for AFAC on the 2nd Saturday of November. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the local Boy Scouts will not be organizing an event this year.

However, several local troops have notified AFAC they will still participate on their own this year and collect donations in their respective neighborhood routes. For anyone who receives a bag or other notice, please follow the attached directions so your donations can be picked up by the troop. If you do not receive a notification from the Boy Scouts, do not leave donations by your door.

Anyone who wishes to donate nonperishable food to help AFAC prepare for the holiday season can drop off their donations at several locations across Arlington, which are listed on our website.
Hope Against Hunger Holiday Campaign
Help bring Hope Against Hunger by sponsoring a family this holiday season! Your donation of just $25 can provide a family with a Thanksgiving meal that includes a whole turkey, fresh produce, milk, eggs, and bread.
Upcoming Events
Turkey Trot
Arlington's 15th annual Turkey Trot is quickly approaching! This edition of the race is virtual and can be done on your own time and own route. Proceeds from this race go to AFAC, A-SPAN, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence, OAR, and Young Life. Click on the event page for more information.
BallstonGives 5K
Ballston is holding their BallstonGives Charity 5K from November 15th-30th. This event is virtual, so you can get your steps in when it fits your schedule. All proceeds will go to the benefiting charities, which include AFAC, APAH, AWLA, Bridges to Independence, Doorways, and Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture. To register or to learn more, visit the event website.
Gifts that Give Hope
The 10th Annual Gifts That Give Hope: Arlington's Giving Fair event will be held virtually between November 23 and December 18. This fair is an alternative gift fair where shoppers can honor their friends and family by donating to local nonprofits and supporting those in need. Visit the Gifts That Give Hope website for more information.
Promotions Benefitting AFAC
Hops Against Hunger
The Board Room Brewing Company is teaming up with AFAC to create Hops Against Hunger - a limited batch that will be available starting November 20. A portion of the proceeds will help AFAC provide much needed groceries to families in need this holiday season. Thank you to the Board Room Brewing Company team for dedicating their time and brewing for good!
Wreath Sale
The Aurora Hills Women's Club currently is having a fundraising sale of wreaths, centerpieces, and other holiday accessories, with a portion of the sales benefiting the Arlington Historical Society and AFAC. Go to their sale page for more information.
Volunteer Department News
Volunteer Managers Day
November 5th is recognized as International Volunteer Managers Day. Here at AFAC, we have an amazing trio who work tirelessly to make sure all of our volunteer shifts are filled so we can serve our community to the fullest. Here is Jocalyn, Danielle, and Kim in their Halloween costumes. Thank you so much for all you do!
MLK Food Drive Flyer Design Contest
AFAC’s Volunteer Department is holding a contest for students to help us design food drive flyers for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (January 18, 2021). The featured artwork will reside on the AFAC website for people to download who wish to hold food drives in conjunction with the holiday. For contest rules, visit our page on the website.
Thank You
We’re so excited to receive over $15,000 through the Nourishing Neighbors Breakfast for Kids grant from the Safeway Foundation! All four Arlington Safeway stores collected donations at the register in September to help provide cereal to families in need. Please stop by any Safeway in Arlington and say thanks for their hard work at raising the funds.
Little Free Pantry
Eagle Scout, Charlie Gaylord, build a "Little Free Pantry" outside Arlington Central Library. Click to view more pictures.
Trudy's 100th Birthday
Earlier this month, Mrs. Gertrude “Trudy” Carley Brown Ensign celebrated her 100th birthday with the Clarendon United Methodist Church, where she has been a member for 70 years. As part of the celebration, there was a 55 car parade, led by a police car and fire truck, and a collection of donations for people in need. Click to read more about Trudy's celebration.
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