Bloomberg Industry Group Rescues Arlington Food Assistance Center From Unexpected Canned Goods Shortage

ARLINGTON, VA – The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a nonprofit food pantry dedicated to combating long-term food insecurity in Arlington, Virginia, faced a dire situation this Labor Day Weekend as their inventory of canned goods was suddenly expected to run out. A situation that would leave AFAC’s 3,300 families served weekly without essential canned food items, Bloomberg Industry Group – a leading provider of technology and content to the law, tax, and government markets – rallied support from their ongoing food drive and pulled together 3,600+ canned goods from their collection to donate to AFAC, ensuring that the food bank’s shelves remained stocked throughout the holiday weekend.

As demands for food assistance exponentially increase due to economic setbacks like inflation and cuts in government assistance, AFAC’s mission to provide essential resources to vulnerable families has never been more crucial. The impending week-long shortage of canned food donations threatened to disrupt the lifeline they provide to thousands of Arlington families. Thanks to Bloomberg Industry Group for their emergency effort to collect 3,600+ cans, AFAC was able to continue distributing these essential non-perishable food items until their regular delivery arrived.

“It was our privilege to lend a helping hand to AFAC in their time of need,” says Josh Eastright, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Industry Group. “We’re proud to support the great work they do serving our local community, and I want to thank our team for their generosity supporting this effort.”

Bloomberg Industry Group’s united action collected 14,290 pounds overall through their food drive, displaying their long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility and community engagement. Their donation underscores the significance of collaboration between local businesses and nonprofits to build a resilient and caring community 

“We want to thank Bloomberg Industry Group for their care for the least fortunate in our community and their enthusiasm in helping our many families by their hard work,” says Chief Executive Officer of AFAC, Charles Meng. 

AFAC and Bloomberg Industry Group invite the community to join them in the fight against hunger. Contributions of nonperishable canned food items, as well as financial support, are invaluable to ensure AFAC can continue its mission of providing critical aid to Arlington families in need.

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 3,200 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.

ABOUT BLOOMBERG INDUSTRY GROUP: Bloomberg Industry Group empowers professionals in government, law, tax, and accounting with expertise, industry knowledge, content, and technology, enabling them to take decisive action and make the most of every opportunity. Bloomberg Industry Group is an affiliate of Bloomberg L.P. For more information, visit


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