Arlington Transit ART green bus with doors open, green AFAC banner hanging from the side of the bus, crates of canned food on the ground in front of the bus doors, ART bus driver stands in front of the bus wearing a high-visibility vest and smiling.

You can help AFAC Drive Away Hunger!

Throughout the year, AFAC hosts Drive Away Hunger food drives at various grocery stores.  The AFAC van will be parked outside and volunteers will ask shoppers for food donations.  By the end of the afternoon, the van will be full of food donations for AFAC!  If you're interested in volunteering at a Drive Away Hunger food drive, email volunteer4afac@afac.org.  If you can't volunteer, consider shopping and donating at the store!

Upcoming grocery store food drives:

MLK Weekend Food Drive with Arlington Parks and Recreation

By Jeremiah Huston | January 8, 2021 | Comments Off on MLK Weekend Food Drive with Arlington Parks and Recreation

AFAC is partnering with Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation to help us feed our neighbors in need. Food drive boxes will be set up outside the following twelve community centers this weekend across the county for anyone to drop off their food donations. Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S Dinwiddie St)Aurora Hills Community Center…

Empty Bowls 2021 (Virtual)

By Jeremiah Huston | January 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Empty Bowls 2021 (Virtual)

Click here to go to the Empty Bowls Virtual Event page→ Every year on Super Bowl Sunday, members of the community gather for our annual Empty Bowls event at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to enjoy soups prepared by local restaurants and ceramics crafted by local potters. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be hosting…

Parks and Recreation Food Drive

By Jeremiah Huston | December 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Parks and Recreation Food Drive

AFAC is partnering with Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation to help us feed our neighbors in need. Food drive boxes will be set up outside the following twelve community centers this weekend across the county for anyone to drop off their food donations. Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S Dinwiddie St) Aurora Hills Community…

Food Drive at BJ’s Wholesale Club

By Jeremiah Huston | October 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Food Drive at BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ's Wholesale Club logo

We will be at BJ’s Wholesale Club on October 24 & 25 for a food drive from 10am – 4pm on both days! As you shop, purchase extra items to donate for families in need.Volunteers will be at this grocery store to collect donations. No flyers will be handed out and donations can be dropped…

Scouting for Food

By Jeremiah Huston | October 5, 2020 | Comments Off on Scouting for Food
boy scouts sorting food in a parking lot

Every year, the annual Scouting for Food drive collects more than 50,000 lbs of food donations for AFAC on the 2nd Saturday of November. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the local Boy Scouts will not be organizing an event this year.However, several local troops have notified AFAC they will still participate on their own this year…

Crop Hunger Walk

By Jeremiah Huston | September 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Crop Hunger Walk
Crop Walk Logo

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events that bring people together in a common mission: helping hungry people at home and around the world. The Arlington CROP Hunger Walk is an annual 5K/10K Walk and is one of the largest Walks in Virginia. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or…

Food Drive at Lyon Village Giant

By Jeremiah Huston | September 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Food Drive at Lyon Village Giant

Help us fill Arlington Transit STAR vehicles with food donations! Dedicated STAR vans will be parked outside this Giant for the duration of the food drive. Volunteers will be at this grocery store to collect donations. No flyers will be handed out and donations can be dropped into dedicated shopping carts outside the store. Here…

Parks and Recreation Food Drive

By Jeremiah Huston | August 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Parks and Recreation Food Drive
Arlington Parks and Recreation logo

AFAC is partnering with Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation to help us feed our neighbors in need. Food drive boxes will be set up outside the following six community centers this weekend across the county for anyone to drop off their food donations. Barcroft Community Center (4200 S Four Mile Run Dr) Fairlington Community…

Arlington Turkey Trot

By Jeremiah Huston | August 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Arlington Turkey Trot
Arlington turkey trot logo

AFAC is one of 6 beneficiaries for this annual race which is held every year on Thanksgiving morning. Registration opens on September 1st. For more information and to register, visit the event page at www.arlingtonvaturkeytrot.org.

Shredding for Hunger

By Jeremiah Huston | August 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Shredding for Hunger

Have your documents shredded for free in exchange for a food or monetary donation to AFAC! Thank you to Ann Wilson from Keller Williams Realty and Universal Title, Arlington for sponsoring this event once again! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2733440153580400.

Hold your own grocery store food drive!

Grocery store food drives are a terrific way to spend the afternoon with your family, friends, or colleagues and a great way to collect a lot of food in a short amount of time!  This is also an opportunity for students who need to log volunteer hours.

  1. Ask the manager at your local grocery store if they'll allow you to collect food donations outside their storefront on a Saturday or Sunday.
  2. Notify AFAC of your food drive by emailing fooddrives@afac.org.  If you need to track your volunteer hours for school, email volunteer4afac@afac.org.
  3. Assemble your team of friends, family, or colleagues.  Staff the food drive in shifts of 3 - 4 people for 1 - 2 hours each.  Your team can pass out flyers that list the foods AFAC needs most.  Flyer templates
  4. Collect donations in an AFAC food drive box or a shopping cart - shopping carts allow you to easily transport food to your vehicle.  Pass out flyers to shoppers as they enter the store.  Let them know you're collecting donations for the Arlington Food Assistance Center to feed Arlington families in need.
  5. Deliver your food collection to AFAC during food drop-off hours.
green T-shirt with AFAC logo hangs over shopping cart with food donations inside
Green cargo van with AFAC's name & logo