There are many things Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops can do to help the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) fight hunger in Arlington. AFAC also welcomes boys and girls who want to develop individual projects focused on hunger or poverty issues.

All volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a copy of the Minor Hold Harmless form signed by a parent or guardian to volunteer at AFAC.

Please contact the Volunteer Department (volunteer4afac@afac.org or 703-845-8486) for more information about any of these opportunities.

Neighborhood & Grocery Store Food Drives

Over 40% of the food AFAC distributes is donated to us. Troops and individuals can organize neighborhood food drives. More information, including customizable flyers, can be found on the food drive page. Troops can also organize a food drive at a local grocery store, staffing a table with collection bins in front of a store. For more information on food drives contact Lily Duran at lily.duran@afac.org.

Tour AFAC

Bring your troop to tour AFAC for 30 minutes on a weekday afternoon (AFAC closes at 4:30pm). Depending on tasks needing to be done in the warehouse, Scouts fourth grade and older may be able to help with a short volunteer project. Group size is limited to 10 Scouts and 5 adults. Please contact fooddrives@afac.org to schedule a bagging day for your troop.

Donate Girl Scout Cookies

Like many people, AFAC clients enjoy Girl Scout cookies. Donate your extra boxes to AFAC. If the scheduling works, your troop can deliver the boxes, weigh them and put them on the shelves for distribution.

Gleaning

Troops can help AFAC by picking fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and orchards or by sorting vegetables and fruit indoors. Contact us at volunteer4afac@afac.org to find out how to arrange for a summer or fall gleaning day.

Baking

Troops can bake cookies or brownies and assemble them in Thank You bags to be given to the many stores and businesses that support AFAC.

Help Publicize the Large Food Drives

The Letter Carriers Food Drive is held the second Saturday of May every year, bringing in approximately 30,000 pounds in one day. We've found that the more we publicize, the more food we'll receive. Your troop can help by making posters to put up in neighborhoods. Troops or older Scouts can also distribute flyers in Arlington neighborhoods. We'll provide the flyers so please contact us at volunteer4afac@afac.org if you’d like to help.

Bake Sales, Lemonade Stands & Yard Sales

Turn your troop’s entrepreneurial efforts into a fundraising project for AFAC.

Eagle Scout & Journey Projects

Senior Scouts can help fulfill merit badge and silver and gold award requirements by designing and implementing special projects for AFAC. In past years, scouts have helped organize and recruited gleaning teams to pick vegetables for clients; helped build raised beds for an Arlington school beginning a garden that benefits AFAC’s Plot Against Hunger, and conducted a series of individual food drives. The possibilities are endless! Contact fooddrives@afac.org if you are interested in undertaking a project for AFAC.

Please contact the Volunteer Department at AFAC (volunteer4afac@afac.org or 703-845-8486) for more information about any of these opportunities.

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COVID-19 Food Drive

Download this food drive flyer template if you are hosting a food drive in response to COVID-19.