Thank You from AFAC’s Board Chair


My name is Jeri Somers, and I am the new Chair of AFAC’s volunteer-based Board of Directors. I want to personally thank you for becoming a donor to AFAC and helping to ensure those most in need have access to healthy and nutritious groceries.

This has been a very challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives, but it has devastated those who are the least able to recover. Our community is filled with people who have lost jobs, forcing these families to make hard choices on whether to spend their remaining dollars on rent, utilities, or food. We have no idea what the future will bring or how long the need will last.

Fortunately, you have supported our community during this time of tremendous need. Your donations to AFAC have allowed families to receive fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, eggs, frozen protein (choice of chicken, fish, or hot dogs), rice, pasta, beans, canned goods, bread, and so much more each week. Because of you, all of the families who showed up at AFAC’s doors left with bags full of fresh groceries. Many families having no alternatives, relied solely upon the food you helped to provide.

After serving on the board for a number of years, I took on the role of Chair because I strongly believe in AFAC’s leadership. Even in the midst of record-breaking numbers and the extreme impact the pandemic has had on our neighbors, AFAC has been able to provide the same quality of service and care to thousands of families in Arlington. Our programs are innovative, permitting those who wish to volunteer to do so safely, and those who receive AFAC’s groceries to do so with their dignity and self-esteem preserved. I am thrilled with AFAC’s accomplishments and proud to be a part of this amazing team.

I hope that you will continue to join me in supporting AFAC. Together, we can make sure that no family will go hungry through these difficult times.


Jeri Somers, Chair
Board of Directors
Arlington Food Assistance Center

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