The annual “Scouting for Food” food drive is back with a goal to collect over 60,000 pounds of food

ARLINGTON, VA – The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is pleased to partner with the Chain Bridge District of the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts for the 2023 “Scouting for Food” food drive campaign. This annual event aims to not only collect essential food donations but also raise awareness of the issue of food insecurity. Since its inception in 1995, Scouting for Food has made a significant impact by gathering more than one million pounds of food for AFAC.

Arlington residents who receive a notice from a Scouting Troop on Saturday, October 28, are encouraged to participate in the food drive. On the morning of Saturday, November 4, place your non-perishable food contributions in a bag by your front door no later than 8:00 a.m. Local scouts will collect the donations to be delivered to AFAC for distribution to Arlington neighbors in need.

Preferred food donations include low-sodium canned goods, low-sugar cereals, cooking oil, and peanut butter. Please refrain from donating expired foods, open packages, glass containers, or household items.

In the event you miss the scouts or do not receive a notice to participate, we welcome you to bring your non-perishable food donations to the following locations:

  • AFAC Warehouse (2708. S. Nelson St)
  • Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St)
  • Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie St)
  • Arlington Public Library Branches: Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St), Cherrydale (2190 Military Rd), Shirlington (4200 Campbell Ave), or Westover (1644 N. McKinley Rd)

Donations can be dropped off during the regular operation hours at each of these locations. Together, we can make a substantial impact and combat hunger in our community.

ABOUT AFAC: The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is an independent, community-based non-profit food pantry that provides dignified access to nutritious supplemental groceries to neighbors in need. Over 3,300 families are coming to AFAC each week at 21 distribution sites throughout Arlington County, Alexandria, and Falls Church to access fresh and healthy supplemental groceries, freeing up tightly stretched funds for child and health care, rent, and other financial demands.  For more information, visit and follow @afacfeeds on social media.