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UPDATED, March 26: Arlington EATS, amid a $1.25 million capital campaign to build the organization’s first dedicated headquarters in its 29-year history, has raised more than $50,000 via Beats for EATS At Home -- the 2021 socially distant event featuring a townwide scavenger hunt and an online auction designed for the whole community.

The goups' March 26 emailed newsletter reported the amount. "Your support is what helps us continue to we deliver fresh produce and pantry staples to over 270 familes each week," it said.

The fund-raiser and scavenger hunt started early, on March 12.

This virtual pivot exemplifies EATS’ devotion to thinking connectedly, compassionately, and respectfully while fighting hunger. Need has never been greater: In Arlington, an outwardly affluent community, 4,530 residents are food insecure, meaning they’re unsure where their next meal might come from. That’s a 30-percent increase in just three years.

How has Arlington EATS—and our town—met the moment?

● We’ve made more than 10,000 food deliveries since the pandemic began;

● We deliver more than 9,000 pounds of food per week;

● Our volunteers contributed approximately 11,612 hours of time in 2020, valued at more than $383,000;

● A whopping 470 new volunteers have signed up since March 2020; and

● Interpreters communicate in more than 17 languages, helping customers place orders tailored to dietary and cultural needs.

Neighbors Serving Neighbors

EATS also recognizes that using a food pantry might cause feelings of shame or stigma. In an era when so many people experience food insecurity, many for the first time, EATS embodies an inclusive, welcoming philosophy that underscores its mission: Neighbors Serving Neighbors.

This year’s event features video interviews and testimonials with EATS shoppers, further demystifying hunger and need.

“If this pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that hunger can happen to any of us. But we’ve also seen how our town has come together to help each other out,” says Andi Doane, executive director of Arlington EATS, in a March 3 news release. “We’re excited that the entire community, whether it’s a senior at home or a family with kids, can participate in this year’s event. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to have some fun after a long winter while also serving the community.”

Supporters can share their stories, scavenger hunt triumphs, and support at #BeatsforEatsatHome.

Follow along on Facebook at /ArlingtonEats and Instagram @ArlingtonEATS. Support us year-round at www.arlingtoneats.org.

Arlington EATS is devoted to eliminating hunger and food insecurity in Arlington. Every child, family, and senior deserves the food they need for a healthy, successful life. We rely on a vibrant network of parents, school staff, and Arlingtonians to create a community that’s compassionate, connected, respectful, just – and that has plenty to eat.

The nonprofit brings together neighbors struggling with food scarcity and neighbors concerned with food justice and gives them a welcoming, respectful place to work together to end hunger.

Plans for 117 Broadway

At 2,633 square feet, the ADA-compliant space at 117 Broadway will include:

● A ​larger market​ with an environment that creates

●a dignified shopping experience;

●Expanded Market hours​ — from three hours a week to at least 12;

● A flexible, multipurpose room​ that can serve as a classroom, a market waiting room, an event space, or a staging area for emergency responses;

● Breakout spaces ​that will allow EATS to more effectively partner with other organizations;

● A van​ for continued home deliveries and increased food pickup capabilities;

● A ​250-percent increase in storage capacity for frozen and refrigerated food​, allowing EATS to serve more fresh and culturally appropriate items; and

● A​ 200-percent increase in storage capacity for nonperishable foodThe space is slated to open in fall 2021.


"We've been working toward this goal with a lot of support from the community for six years,” said Susan Stewart, president of the board of EATS, said in an Oct. 1 news release. “Our new home will make it easier and more efficient for us to do our work of making sure every child, family, and senior has the food they need. It will allow us to connect with and educate the community about the underlying causes of food insecurity so we can develop innovative solutions together."

Each year EATS works closely with other area food organizations to provide approximately 350,000 pounds of fresh produce, pantry staples, dairy products, and meat to families.

EATS has already raised $700,000 during the quiet phase of the campaign. These contributions reflect the support of board members and the community, as well as a Community Development Block Grant.

Visit ​arlingtoneats.org/capitalcampaign  to donate and to learn more about the Neighbors Building Together capital campaign.


March 30, 2020: Beats for EATS online only auction raises $70.3K

 


This news announcement was published Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, and updated March 26, 2021.