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AFAC 2020 Volunteer Awards

Every June, AFAC normally holds a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic to honor all the volunteers for their contributions to AFAC. Because of the pandemic, this year's picnic was canceled. AFAC created this video to announce the recipients of our volunteer awards and our volunteer pins for 25, 20, 15, 10, and...

Sue Howell Reaps Bountiful Early Harvest

Sue Howell in her gardenSue's bountiful harvest! Sue Howell’s expansive growing operation gives impressive meaning to the term “urban agriculture.” Multiple vegetable plots surround her Arlington home. She also gardens at her sister’s house and in a neighbor’s yard. This year as usual Sue started her own seedlings, mostly using...

Historic Ball-Sellers Hosts Plot against Hunger Garden

The Ball-Sellers House, the oldest building in Arlington, started life as a one-room log cabin built by yeoman farmer John Ball in the 1740’s. Its link to farming continues to this day in the Plot against Hunger garden located in its shady back yard. Head gardener Mary Resnick reports that...

Victory Garden Project Thrives at Central Library

Volunteer gardeners Mencit Thomas and Angela Koloszar in June The Plot against Hunger garden at Arlington Central Library has gotten off to a strong start this season. While AFAC is unable to accept produce from volunteers, Central Library has been working with the Victory Garden Project to distribute fresh vegetables to church...

St. Andrews Celebrates 4th of July with a Bountiful Harvest

Anne Edwards in St. Andrews gardenSt. Andrews gardenSt. Andrews refrigerator is filled with produce from the garden As you can see from the photos, the Plot against Hunger garden at St. Andrews Episcopal Church is playing a big role in the Victory Garden produce project at Rock Spring Church. Their 4th of...

First Presbyterian Church Garden Starts Season Strong

Kale and pollinator plantsPollinators and bean poles Audrey Morris, head gardener for the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, recently reported a strong start to their growing and donating season. Overwintered chard in the church’s beds did well this spring, as did more recently planted romaine lettuce and kale. So far,...

The Victory Garden Project Brings Fresh Produce to Needy Neighbors

Dominique Ortiz bagging produceDebbie Siegel packing produceProduce donation from Rock Spring With AFAC temporarily unable to accept produce from volunteer gardeners during the pandemic, the Plot Against Hunger program has joined with Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture and Virginia Cooperative Extension to establish alternative ways to collect, package, and distribute fresh produce...

COVID-19 update 5

Here is a video message from Charles Meng, Executive Director & CEO regarding AFAC's work during the current pandemic. https://youtu.be/DVYMrYvT1o0

AFAC Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

The Arlington Food Assistance Center is committed to equity for all in our community and in all our efforts to serve our Arlington neighbors in need. We find the events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis reprehensible. We condemn the excessive and unprovoked police violence that killed Mr. Floyd and so many others. AFAC stands in...

COVID-19 update 4

A Message from the Executive Director After all that has happened in the last many weeks, it is time to update you on AFAC and our efforts to serve a growing number of families in need. First, you need to know we are all safe and working hard. The staff...