November 1, 2019
ARLINGTON, VA – The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is pleased to partner with the Chain Bridge District of the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts for the 25th annual “Scouting for Food” food drive with the goal to collect food donations and to bring awareness to the issue of hunger. Scouting for Food has collected more than one million pounds of food for AFAC since 1995.
Arlington residents who receive a notice on November 2nd from their local Boy Scout Troop are asked to leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by their front door by 8 AM on the morning of Saturday, November 9th. Local scouts will collect the food accompanied by their parents. Donations collected in Arlington will be delivered to AFAC and distributed to our neighbors in need. This year, AFAC hopes to collect 60,000 pounds of healthy non-perishable foods from Arlington residents.
Preferred food donations include low-sodium canned goods, low-sugar cereal, cooking oil, and peanut butter. Please refrain from donating expired foods, opened packages, glass containers, or household items.
If you miss the scouts or did not receive a notice, please bring your non-perishable food donations to the following locations: Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St); Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie St); Arlington Public Library Branches: Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St), Cherrydale (2190 Military Rd), Shirlington (4200 Campbell Ave), or Westover (1644 N. McKinley Rd); and AFAC’s warehouse (2708 S. Nelson St). Donations can be dropped off during the normal hours of operations at each location.
The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is an independent, community-based non-profit food pantry that provides dignified access to nutritious supplemental groceries to all our neighbors in need. Over 2,400 families are coming to AFAC each week at food distribution sites throughout Arlington County to access fresh and healthy supplemental groceries, freeing up tightly stretched funds for child and health care, rent, and other financial demands. While the growing need shows no signs of abating, the “Scouting for Food” food drive engages the entire Arlington community and keeps AFAC’s shelves stocked for months. For more information, visit www.afac.org/scouting-for-food.