IEC Gives Back at Arlington Food Assistance Center

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IEC National staff gathered at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on Friday, March 20 for a community service afternoon. Staff members bagged and stacked 2,500 pounds of oatmeal and dried beans through AFAC's sponsored food purchase program. With teamwork and some friendly competition, staffers packaged the food in two hours. These bags of food will go directly to helping families in Arlington County, Virginia.

afac 2 cropped.jpg"We were privileged to be able to work with AFAC to serve the community in a hands-on way," said Deborah Stadtler, IEC National's Director of Communications. "Giving back at AFAC shows IEC's dedication to our core values of commitment to service and collaboration."

AFAC has been feeding neighbors in need since 1988. AFAC is dedicated to its simple but critical mission of obtaining and distributing groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs. AFAC offers clients a choice of nutritious foods to help local families stretch their budgets farther.

afac 3 cropped.jpgAFAC currently distributes groceries to over 2,000 families every week. More than 35 percent of the people AFAC serves are children. About 30 percent are elderly, who may have to choose between purchasing food or important medications. 

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