Due to AFAC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily halting our Plot Against Hunger program to turn most of our attention to our client services.
We will be accepting garden donations of clean, easily recognizable vegetables in 1-family packaged sizes. Families vary in size, so package sizing can vary some. However, keep in mind that all food is going into plastic bags to be distributed, so please ensure it will fit. We will also only be accepting produce that is easily recognizable by families to eliminate the need for labeling and for families getting something they can't/won't use since we've eliminated their opportunity for choice. This means focusing growing on produce like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, etc. over things like radishes, turnips, fennel, etc.
We will not be gleaning at farms at this moment.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for understanding during this difficult time.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be donated directly to AFAC's warehouse:
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
2708 S. Nelson St.
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:30 am - 1 pm
*Help us keep a safe distance and leave your donations on the loading dock. A staff member will take your donations and weigh it on the scale. If you would like a receipt, you will need to fill out your information on the receipt book.
Here is a recommended list of produce that can be donated:
- Green Beans
- Winter squash
- Garlic, onions
- White potatoes and sweet potatoes
- Hard fruit (apples, pears)
- Please brush or wash off all dirt, and avoid donating produce that has serious bruising, insect damage, or splitting
- A good rule of thumb: donate only produce which you would purchase for your own family.
General rule of thumb:
- Vegetables should be free of dirt and mud.
- Vegetables should not be insect ridden, have serious bruising, or splitting.
- Do not mix vegetables. It takes time for volunteers to sort and repackage them.
- Preferred packaging methods: clam shells or zip-lock bags. Portion sizes should be good for a family of 4.
- Label produce so families and volunteers know what it is.
*Due to COVID-19, AFAC will not be giving out packaging materials.