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A 2018 report from Feeding America estimated that 6.7% of Arlingtonians don’t have enough food to sufficiently feed their families each month. Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, that number increased drastically. There are many organizations and individuals doing great work to help close that gap, but the need persists. The Food Security Task Force is a group of community stakeholders working together to improve the food security system and infrastructure in Arlington. The group will work together for 12-18 months to develop a food security strategic plan that will address many of the challenges that families face in accessing the food assistance they need.
Vision: A community where all have enough healthy food to feed themselves and their families.
Mission: To create an interconnected food security system in Arlington that works together to meet its residents’ need to feed themselves and their families, healthy and culturally appropriate food, in an affordable and dignified manner.
The task force is made up of 28 members who represent various stakeholders in Arlington’s food security infrastructure, including non-profit, faith-based, and school-based food providers; population representatives; business partners; and community members. The task force will be led by Stephanie Hopkins, Food Security Coordinator at the Department of Human Services. Matt de Ferranti is the County Board Liaison.
Stephanie Hopkins, DHS Food Security Coordinator
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