While our client count remains high, I am more impressed than ever with all the efforts you in the Arlington community are making for AFAC. Food donations from the community are now over 180,000 pounds for this fiscal year. Your response to the Feinstein Challenge has been better than ever by far, and volunteer hours are well over 17,000 (the equivalent of nearly 8 full time people). Your efforts mean that many Arlington families are in their homes, healthier and better fed. Thank you!
Front Page Fundraiser, Sunday, March 28th, 3-9pm
This Sunday, March 28 from 3-9pm, The Front Page, a Ballston restaurant with great American grub, will participate in the Feinstein Challenge by hosting a fundraiser and raffle for AFAC. The Front Page is located at 4201 Wilson Blvd. There will be special appearances by some Washington Capitals players throughout the evening. Be one of the first 100 people to bring a non-perishable food item and receive a prize! There will also be a Silent Auction of autographed Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin jerseys and other items. You can purchase a $10 wristband to receive 1/2 price appetizers and $2 Bud Light bottles until 9pm.
There are three ways you can help AFAC qualify for funds from the Feinstein challenge opportunity. First, just make a financial donation. Be sure to mark your gift ‘Feinstein’. Secondly, hold a food drive for AFAC. Every pound of food collected for Feinstein Food Drives will count as $1 for the challenge. And lastly, support the Feinstein Virtual Food Drive. This is an easy way to give – indoor work and no heavy lifting! — and every dollar you donate this way also qualifies for the challenge.
Shred for Bread, April 10th, 10am-1pm
This year’s Shred for Bread event will be held on Saturday, April 10th. This event will allow you to bring your paper that needs to be shredded to Little Falls Presbyterian Church (6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington 22207) and be shredded by our friends at ProShred in exchange for your monetary or food donation to AFAC. Stop by between 10am and 1pm.
“Let’s Retake Our Plates” Whole Foods Film Series
Whole Foods Market is hosting a film festival about our food supply and the visionary people who are making it better, one bite at a time. Please join us at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse on Tuesday, April 13th, to view “No Impact Man” and Tuesday, April 20th, to view “Fresh.” at 7:30pm. Cost is $5, benefitting AFAC. Two to three volunteers are needed to represent AFAC, collect donations and bring them to AFAC after the event. Please contact email@example.com if available to help.
The Westin Arlington Gateway
As you think about your holiday plans, please keep in mind a new partnership we have with the Westin Arlington Gateway. Reserve a date for your December 2010 holiday gathering, and the hotel will donate 3% of your celebration’s food and beverage total (before service charge and sales tax) to AFAC! Reservations must be booked by June 30, 2010. For more information about holiday packages, please contact them at 703.537.4242 or visit
Mark your calendars!
You can find more information about the many upcoming AFAC events on our website event page.
Canstruction Build Out: April 16th
5th Annual Science Focus School 5K Race: Saturday, May 1st
Letter Carriers Food Drive: Saturday, May 8th
Zonta Food Drive for AFAC at Giant on Washington Blvd: Saturday, May 15th, 9am-5pm.
Annual AFAC Fundraiser: Tuesday, June 8th
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic: Sunday, June 13th, 5-7pm.
Front desk help needed
We are looking for volunteers to help answer phones Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 2:30-5:00pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help.
Can you grow some vegetable seedlings for AFAC?
Seedlings will be distributed in late April/early May to our clients and gardeners who pledge to “Plant A Row” of vegetables for AFAC. Tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings are especially welcome (but if you will be dividing herbs or a strawberry bed and can bring repotted plants, those would help too). Free seeds are available now to gardeners pledging to grow vegetables for AFAC. Contact Puwen at email@example.com for more information.
Here are the latest AFAC client statistics.
Client Count Week ending:Families*AdultsChildren% increase
March 201321 2351 1442-
1 year ago 11512021123314.7%
2 years ago 725137573282.2%
*The family count consists of Adults and Children.
10,000 Pound Potato Drop
This week, each AFAC client was been able to take home a 10-pound bag of potatoes, thanks to a donation from the Society of St. Andrews and Fairlington United Methodist Church. Our thanks, as well, to Jr. ROTC cadets from the Arlington Career Center for helping load the AFAC truck last Saturday morning. ROTC cadets and Georgetown University CSOC students helped to re-bag 8,000 pounds in an afternoon session at AFAC. If you would like information on how to sponsor a similar load of produce from an area gleaning network for AFAC clients or are interested in getting a group to glean fields and orchards in the summer and fall, please contact Puwen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFAC Executive Director