Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) provides basic food support to 2,007 needy families and 8,028 individuals in Arlington County. These numbers represent a 40 percent jump since July 2013 and a 37 percent increase in the last calendar year. Executive Director Charles Meng projects the nonprofit will exceed its $700,000 food purchase budget this year by $150,000.
AFAC gets support from Rock Spring in a wide variety of ways. In 2013 food donations totaled 4,098 pounds, including 500 pounds of fresh produce from our Plot Against Hunger garden, plus the donations collected weekly in the red food baskets. In 2014 AFAC was selected as one of Rock Spring's six community partners.
Our volunteer contributions in the warehouse, the office, and with clients are highly valued by AFAC. The hours given by volunteers at AFAC are equal to tens of thousands of dollars. Our food basket and Plot against Hunger garden are also main staples for AFAC.
Latest Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) News
Since January 1, 2018 Rock Springers have donated a total of 342 pounds of food to AFAC, including 90 pounds of non-perishable food collected by Cub Scout Pack 657 of Falls Church City at their Pinewood Derby on January 27. Thanks to the Cub Scouts, Jim Alverson, and all who donate.
In October, Rock Springers donated a total of 108 pounds of food (canned and grown) to AFAC. Our year to date total is 2199.5 pounds. Thanks to all who donate and to our Plot Against Hunger gardeners.