Help Fill the Cruiser with Food to Support AFAC

Published on July 15, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Police Department's Community Resources Section is conducting a food drive in support of the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). AFAC provides 2,400 Arlington households with dignified access to nutritious, supplemental groceries, free of charge. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, AFAC has continued to support a growing number of Arlington households, increasing their need for food donations from the public. All donations will help fill the shelves at AFAC and ensure they are able to continue to meet the needs of their clients.

The Community Resources Section will be collecting donations at drive-thru donation stations on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  at three locations:

  • Westover Baptist Church — 1125 Patrick Henry Drive

  • Police Headquarters — 1425 N. Courthouse Road

  • Giant Food — 2901 S. Glebe Road

Upon arrival, donors should stay in their car until they reach the unloading areas, where officers will be on hand to remove donations from their vehicle. A separate area will be available for those arriving by bike or foot. All donors are expected to observe proper social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering while dropping off donations.

AFAC accepts most unopened, unexpired, and unprepared foods, including perishable items. AFAC is most in need of the following low sodium, low fat and low sugar items:

  • Low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, and sauce)

  • Low sodium canned tuna

  • Low sodium canned beans

  • Low sodium canned soup

  • Canned vegetables

  • Peanut butter (in plastic jars)

  • Low sugar cereal

Those wishing to donate food, but unable to attend the Fill the Cruiser events should visit AFAC's website to find a donation drop-off site near them.