The Arlington Food Assistance Center’s (AFAC) Plot Against Hunger program collects fresh produce from many sources for families who come to AFAC each week for supplemental groceries.
These sources of fresh produce include:
- Local gardeners and farmers who plant an extra row of vegetables in their gardens or fields and donate the harvest,
- Schools and faith-based organizations that have established “Plot Against Hunger” gardens,
- Individuals and groups who glean at area farms and bring the harvest back to our food pantry,
- Vendors at local area farmers markets.
Since its first season in 2007, over 400,000 pounds of fresh produce have been donated to AFAC through the Plot Against Hunger program.
Who is helped?
Over 2,000 families now rely on AFAC each week for supplemental groceries. All AFAC clients are referred by the Arlington County Department of Human Services, other social service agencies, schools and the churches of Arlington.
Fresh produce is nutritious and necessary for good health, but often it is the most expensive item at the grocery store. At AFAC we strive to provide fresh vegetables and fruits for our clients because families with scarce resources may purchase cheaper foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients instead of buying fresh vegetables and fruits.
AFAC’s Plot Against Hunger program receives fresh vegetables of every kind from community and backyard gardeners and farmers. We distribute this produce each day to AFAC clients, along with other basic groceries like milk, meat, eggs, bread, and canned goods.