May 2019
Stamp Out Hunger - May 11
Each year, the National Association of Letter Carriers dedicates the 2nd Saturday of May to serving communities nationwide by collecting food to be delivered to local hunger organizations. In Arlington County, all food collected by letter carriers will come here to AFAC! Click for this year's flyer and for more information.

If you miss your letter carrier or live in an apartment building, please bring your donation to the following Arlington Post Offices no later than Friday, May 17: North Station (2200 N. George Mason Dr.), South Station (1210 S. Glebe Rd), Main Station (3118 Washington Blvd), Preston King Station in Westover (5877 Washington Blvd) or Shirlington Post Office (2850 S. Quincy St).
County Board Funding
On behalf of the 2,468 families who came to our doors seeking help in March, thank you to the County Board for their continuing support of AFAC’s food purchases for our many families in need. With the County’s generous help we will once again be able to fully fund the purchase of the foods our families need to build and sustain a healthy and stable life in our community. We thank Chairman Dorsey, Vice Chair Garvey, Mr. Guttshall, Mr. De Ferranti and especially Ms. Cristol - with a warm welcome to her new baby boy: Cary.
Jennie Dean Parking Letter to Arlington County
Thank you to everyone who signed our petition to Arlington County concerning the new parking plans to Jennie Dean Park and how it will negatively affect families who rely on AFAC's services, as well as volunteers and staff. Click here to read a copy of Charlie's letter.
AFAC is Hiring!
AFAC is currently looking to hire a new Warehouse Assistant ! Please visit our Jobs page for a job description and submission instructions.
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Sunday, June 9
5 - 7 pm
Join us at the Arlington Food Assistance Center as we celebrate our wonderful volunteers! We’ll have great food, music and camaraderie! Spouses, partners and children are all welcome!  Click here to RSVP.
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.
Volunteering Needs
Ballston Quarterfest
May 17-19
Quarterfest is still looking for volunteers!

Perks of volunteering include a free volunteer t-shirt, 2 free drink tickets for the Quarterfest Street Pub, and a volunteer training event with pizza and drinks on May 14 th. Those who sign up for afternoon shifts (12-3pm, 3-6pm) will also get a free Quarterfest Crawl wristband (Saturday shift volunteers) or Food Truck Alley $10 voucher (Sunday shift volunteers)!
Duties include set up and break down, Street Pub pouring, VIP event support, ticket areas, and more! Sign up using this link and write ‘AFAC’ as your company so we get credit!
Van Drivers are Wanted
Van drivers are needed to help get healthy produce from the farmers' markets to our shelves and other "big" tasks. The commitment is typically less than two hours twice per month on a Sunday (and sometimes a Saturday) between May-November (on occasion outside of that season). If you are comfortable driving a van without all the bells and whistles, please email for more details. 
College Students at home?
Check out our calendar to see what opportunities we have in the daytime that might fill some hours between part-time jobs and other activities. We could use a few extra hands in our warehouse if you're looking for a more set schedule (and don't mind very physical work). Please email to find out more.
Early AM Volunteers

We can use some help 7:30-9:00 am restocking our shelves and getting everything in order for distribution at 9:30. Please see the online calendar for available shifts.
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: 4, 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
Plot Against Hunger
Get updates from Plot Against Hunger by following Plot's own group on Facebook!
Want to Garden? The following AFAC Gardens can use volunteer help:

American Legion Garden, 3445 Washington Blvd., Arlington 22201. Legion work parties are scheduled for Saturday, May 11 (9 am-noon); Tuesday, May 14 (6-7:30); Sunday, May 26 (9 am - non); Tuesday, May 28 (6-7:30 pm); Saturday, June 8 (9 am - noon).  

St. Andrew's Garden, 4000 Lorcom Lane (contact Dave Smith

Faith Lutheran Church Garden, 3313 Arlington Blvd (contact Puwen
Thank you to all the gardeners who have been growing and delivering spring crops radishes, lettuces, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, spinach, kale, spring onions! It is a pleasure to be able to distribute these fresh vegetables to clients.
Seedling Donations

Thank you to those who have been growing seedlings for AFAC: Andreah Clabough, Catherine Connor, Jasmine D., Episcopal High School, Judy Lynn, Mt. Vernon Estate, Our Savior Lutheran 5th graders, Rainbow Hill Farm, Sandy Robinson, Dave Smith, Mencit Thomas, Youth Garden at National Arboretum.
Seed Libraries Installed

Thank you to Oliver Hayman for building AFAC Seed Libraries to provide seeds for gardeners. For his Eagle Scout merit badge, Oliver built three seed libraries and located them at Aurora Hills Branch Library, Arlington Mill Community Center, and at the Ft. Barnard Community Garden. (Oliver with Ft. Barnard gardener Susanna M.)
Garden Talks
Wednesdays, 7 pm
Arlington Central Library
Our 2019 Garden Talks at Central Library has begun! For a full list of topics for the season, click here.

Upcoming topics:
May 8: Irrigation, Rain Barrels, Sub-Irrigation Planters, Ollas
May 15: Foraging for Wild Edibles
May 22: Grow Tomatoes & Peppers for Success
May 29: Getting Kids Excited About Healthy Food
Thank You
Thank you to Ginny Wright for another fantastic 5K obstacle race for AFAC! Watch this video to see what you missed!

Huge thanks to BJ's Wholesale Club for hosting AFAC for a food drive on April 6 & 7. BJ's shoppers donated 2,604 pounds of food to AFAC!

Special thanks to Temple Rodef Shalom for donating 884 pounds of food to AFAC.
Thank you to all those who held food drives or donated to Plot Against Hunger in April!

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture; Arlington Church of the Brethren; Aurora Hills Branch Library; Bethel UCC; Boy Scout Troop #647; Calvary UMC; Central Library & Garden; Claremont Elementary; Congregation Etz Hayim; The Finney Foundation; First Presbyterian Church & Garden; Fresh Impact; Girl Scout Troop #s 6669, 3320, 4084, 3901, 50048; H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program; Kinder Haus Toys; Laureate Beta Upsilon; Mt. Olivet UMC NOVA Catholic Community; Oakridge Elementary; Potomac Overlook Garden; Restoration Anglican Church; Resurrection Lutheran Church & Garden; Ritz Carlton of Pentagon City; Rock Spring UCC & Garden; Roy Croom; Sands Capital Management; Shirlington Branch Library; Simplicity Urgent Care by Inova; 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; Susan Howell's Garden; Territory Foods; Thomas Jefferson Middle School; United Community Ministries; Walker Chapel UMC; Walter Reed Annex Garden; Westover Branch Library; Woman's 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, 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.
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