I took a day to ride along with our personable Arlington Charities driver, Adam, on one of his home delivery routes and was blown away by his passion for the program and the noticeable difference he is making in the lives of our clients.
Adam makes deliveries of food, toiletries, and hygiene items to around 96 individual Arlington Charities clients. Some of our clients suffer from mobility issues or lack the transportation to get to our pantry, making these deliveries incredibly important to keeping them fed.
Back when Adam started making deliveries at the start of the Covid Pandemic, he had just eight clients. Now that number is close to 100 and growing, which requires him to make around 20 deliveries per day to make sure everyone is fed by the end of the week. Whether a client is brand new or someone Adam has been delivering to for a while, everyone is happy to see him. I saw clients break down at the sight of their food box, stop to chat with us for extended periods of time, or greet Adam like an old friend. One client with a broken tailbone and leg swelling choked back tears as she told us how the delivery service has “helped her survive with ingredients she can use to make meals that last for days.”
Adam is very grateful for his position and the opportunity to make such positive changes in the community. “The situations people get put in and how we are able to help them out. It just makes it rewarding to get to drive around and make that difference,” he passionately asserted.