“I heard about Arlington Charities from my niece who has gotten groceries from here when money is tight,” says Laura, a regular Arlington Charities client. “The food we get here is so nutritional and has helped a lot during hard financial times.”


“I like that the food we receive is always fresh,” asserts Laura. “I am a cancer survivor, and my diet requires me to eat food that is good for you.” She feels at her best with good, nutritional food. “I love to make vegetable soup and the beef mix that is often provided,” she muses. “I also add fresh fruit to the yogurt I get from the pantry; it makes it so good that before I know it, I’ll eat four cups of it!”


Meet Maria! Maria is a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She graduated from Salem College in North Carolina. She is now a student at TCC Northeast. Maria was born and raised in Arlington and now resides only 8 minutes away from Arlington Charities!


Maria started volunteering with Arlington Charities last week and enjoys filling the shopping carts with shelf staple bags and produce bags. She delivers the carts to the volunteers and staff outside to distribute to our clients.


When she’s not volunteering, Maria works at Total Wine in Arlington. Go visit and say hi to Maria next time you stop by Arlington Charities!

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SHARING A SMILE


Twice monthly, senior citizens and those with mobility issues can receive free groceries delivered right to their home. This program was developed at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Its goal was to help alleviate hunger among homebound residents and provided a form of socialization to folks who have been isolated. The food pantry did not want our neighbors in need to have to make the difficult decision between preparing and eating a nutritious meal or getting a prescription filled.


To personalize the delivery, Arlington Charities has implemented a ‘Share a Smile, Send a Card’ project where these clients will receive a hand-written note or card with their bundle of groceries.



HAND CRAFTED HEART


Long-time Arlington resident and hairstylist extraordinaire, Debbie Rivas put her heart and creativity to work when she found out Arlington Charities was looking for a way to spread joy to our homebound clients. She dropped off over 50 super cute hand-crafted cards last Friday. We so appreciate Debbie and the time she dedicated to make grocery deliveries extra special for our clients.

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