November 9, 2018 – Arlington County Fire Department is asking for the public’s assistance in collecting food for the Arlington County Food Assistance Center (AFAC) this holiday season. According to a recent study conducted by Virginia Tech, more than 31,500 Arlingtonians describe themselves as food insecure (having limited or uncertain access to food, reduced food intake, and disrupted eating patterns). Over 12,000 of these individuals are currently being served by AFAC. Of those individuals served, over one third of them are children. Last year, AFAC distributed over 4 million pounds of food to families in need.
AFAC is most in need of the following low sugar & low sodium items:
- Canned tuna
- Canned soup
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut butter (in plastic jars)
Please refrain from donating foods that are opened, expired, prepared meals, or packaged in glass.
When choosing items to donate, look for labels that read: low sodium, no salt added, no sugar added, unsweetened,
100% fruit juice, etc.
All 10 Arlington County Fire Stations have a collection box for food donations. Stations 2, 3, 5, 6, and 9 will have boxes in their public lobbies that are accessible any time of the day or night. Station 7 will have a donation box outside the station that you can also access any time day or night. For stations 1, 4, 8 and 10, please stop by any time between 8 am and 8 pm to drop off your donations. Just ring the doorbell and firefighters will collect your donations. (find the station closest to you) Donations will be delivered to AFAC November 20th, December 19th and January 7th at the conclusion of the drive.
Please help us meet the nutritional needs of our residents who need assistance this holiday season. For more information on Arlington Food Assistance Center’s mission or how you can help them directly: https://afac.org/