ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department’s Community Resources Section is conducting the 2nd Annual Fill the Cruiser food drive in support of the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). AFAC serves over 2,400 Arlington households weekly by providing 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. During last year’s Fill the Cruiser event, community members generously donated 6,509 lbs. of food. These donations help fill the shelves at AFAC and ensure they are able to continue to meet the needs of their clients.
Contactless Drive-Thru Donation Locations
The Community Resources Section will be collecting items at drive-thru donation stations on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at three locations:
- Giant Food – 2901 S. Glebe Road
- Safeway – 3713 Lee Highway
- Westover Baptist Church – 1125 Patrick Henry Drive
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.
Suggested Items for Donation
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 canned tomatoes
- Low sodium canned tuna
- Low sodium canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut butter (in plastic jars)
- Low sugar cereal
Those wishing to donate, but unable to attend the Fill the Cruiser events should visit AFAC’s website to find a donation drop-off site near them.