Securis Inc. participates in National Hunger Awareness Day
On National Hunger Awareness Day, June 5, 2007, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) sponsored food drives all over Arlington, VA. In addition to the food drives, AFAC also had their 4th Annual Restaurant Night.
AFAC’s mission is to feed the hungry and prevent homelessness by helping Arlington residents with their health and nutritional needs. They provide groceries to families and individuals referred to them by the Arlington County Department of Human Services, other social agencies, and churches in the area. This system ensures that their needs are legitimate and are being addressed appropriately. AFAC obtains surplus food at a minimal cost from the Capital Area Community Food Bank and at no cost from local bakeries, supermarkets, farmers markets, food drives, and private donors.
AFAC distributed over one million pounds of food to needy Arlington residents this past year. In their Fiscal Year 2006 (July 1, 2005– June 30, 2006) AFAC served 28,888 families and volunteers donated over 17,000 hours of time.
Securis Inc. was an AFAC Corporate Supporter on National Hunger Awareness Day 2007. About ten thousand pounds of food, almost doubling last year’s total, was donated that day from the numerous food drives. Participating restaurants included: two Aladdin’s locations, Cassatt’s, Chevy’s at Ballston, Metro 29 Diner, Pie-Tanza, Pines of Florence, Red Hot & Blue BBQ Grill, Sangam, Santa Fe Café, Sushi-Zen, Toscana Grill, and Whitlow’s on Wilson. These numbers are examples of how generous the community is for its fellow residents.
Securis’s truck and services were donated to AFAC for the day in order to collect all of the groceries from the food drives. The truck made stops to almost one dozen schools to make sure that every pound of food was put to good use for the needy Arlington families. “The truck donation saved AFAC thousands of dollars. With Securis’s help, we were able to collect about 4,000 pounds of food. The truck, along with the time that PC Recycler donated was extremely helpful – we could not thank our supporters enough,” said Christine Lucas, Executive Director.
AFAC strives to provide groceries to needy Arlington families who cannot afford to purchase the food that they need. Donations contribute to the life and health of Arlington families.