Arlington Food Assistance Center Expands Services | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Arlington Food Assistance Center Expands Services

Play associated audio
The executive director of the Arlington Food Assistance Center says his staff is seeing fewer expired cans among their donations, perhaps a small sign the economy is turning around.
Jonathan Wilson
The executive director of the Arlington Food Assistance Center says his staff is seeing fewer expired cans among their donations, perhaps a small sign the economy is turning around.

In Virginia, demand for a food pantry's services is still growing, but not quite as fast as it was this time last year.

Arlington Food Assistance Center is still getting applications from 10 new families needing assistance each month.

Executive director Charlie Meng says both financial and food donations are up. That's allowed AFAC to expand services in the community, including two new distribution centers in low-income senior housing communities, and two more planned at senior living centers next year.

"So we're now serving upwards of 400 elderly individuals on fixed income...whether it's in those senior living facilities, or in their own homes," Meng says.

AFAC is also reaching out to the youngest needy Arlingtonians, by packing backpacks full of food for homeless public school children each Friday.

"Typically on weekends and over long holidays these students don't have all of the food they really need," Meng says.

He says right now, the program is only running in one school but AFAC hopes to expand to other schools in Arlington soon.

NPR

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
NPR

Author And His Daughter Cook Around The World And You Can Too

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.
NPR

Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
NPR

Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says

The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey's photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by anyone else — because it wasn't taken by a human.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.