March 27, 2020
I wanted to share a few updates with some of the changes that have been implemented here at AFAC:

  • On Monday, we started with our new distribution hours and procedures at our Nelson Street location. Weekday daytime distributions have been extended until 2pm while canceling the Tuesday and Thursday evening hours. From what I have seen so far, people are spacing themselves out through the extended hours, causing the lines to be shorter or non-existent.
  • Our modified food distribution is nearly a grab-and-go method. Clients can still choose their frozen protein item, but the staples are prebagged by volunteers ahead of time. This has expedited our food distribution process and families are quickly out of the door and back to their homes.
  • To make sure food is reaching our most vulnerable population, we have coordinated with the Aging and Disability Division of Arlington County’s DHS to deliver food directly to the homes of the elderly and disabled.
  • All of these changes are being done to keep all of our families, volunteers, and staff as safe as possible during this time of uncertainty. Our procedures will continue to adapt to the changing landscape. It is imperative for AFAC to stay in operation, as our groceries may be the only food that some of our clients can access.

The changes to our distribution method and our heightened cleaning and sanitation procedures has added a lot of work to our operations team. To help us out, we have hired some temporary staff members, most of whom were recently laid off from their jobs at local restaurants. They will help with all the extra tasks so our full time warehouse staff can continue with their duties and volunteers can still bag and stock our shelves with food.

Thank you all for the tremendous support you have given to AFAC so far! Your monetary donations have helped us with our food purchases and cleaning supplies to keep our facilities and people safe. Your food donations have helped replace the donations we are not getting from the grocery stores. This is only the beginning of this pandemic and we hope we can continue to count on your help and support.
Charles Meng
AFAC Executive Director & CEO
How You Can Help
Funds raised will go towards our food budget so we can continue to get wholesale prices directly from food vendors.
We are in need of nonperishable cans. Visit our food drive page for more information and for drop off instructions .
Our volunteer needs have been modified to be as efficient and effective as possible. Click here to see our most immediate needs.

If you are younger than 12, we ask that you find a way to communicate with your neighbors and consider hosting a food drive at your house by placing a food drive box at your doorstep.

If you are a registered volunteer, we ask that you use the online volunteer calendar to find vacant shifts. If you are interested in becoming a registered volunteer, please fill out an online volunteer profile form. We ask that you do not walk in to volunteer and that if you sign up for a shift, you let us know if you are unable to keep the commitment.
For anyone in need, we have compiled a list of resources on our website. This includes how to get a referral to AFAC, where to find free meals for kids, safety tips, etc. Please share as needed.
Questions? Here are a list of contacts:

If you don’t hear from us immediately, please be patient and we’ll get back to you as we can.

We will continue to post updates on our website dedicated to our response at www.afac.org/covid19 . Thank you all for the outpouring of support. Together, we will be able to get through this ordeal as a community.
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