NCC Pours Wine, Eats Pizza, and Packs Produce to Benefit AFAC

As part of our proud support of the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), NCC staff recently participated in three AFAC events in Arlington.

On Thursday, August 2, Multimedia Division and Conference and Peer Review Management associates served as AFAC ambassadors at the Shirlington Village Wine and Jazz Festival.  They spread the word about AFAC’s mission to provide a variety of nutritious food options to those in need in Arlington, while pouring samples of several wines to festival-goers who stopped by the AFAC tent.  They also collected monetary and food donations, and discussed with visitors ways to volunteer at AFAC.  All proceeds from the wine tasting went directly to AFAC.

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NCC served wine and talked to visitors about AFAC at the Shirlington Wine and Jazz Festival

On Monday, September 17, several hungry staff members took a trip for lunch to Pete’s Apizza in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington.  Going to Pete’s is always a tasty experience, but this one was even more worthwhile because 25 percent of all purchases were donated to AFAC as part of Hunger Action Month.

On Sunday, September 30, one of NCC’s Conference Planners volunteered at AFAC’s food distribution center.  She bagged and crated fruits and vegetables that were gleaned from local farms by other AFAC volunteers, to be made available to those in need at the start of the week.NCC began its association with AFAC in April 2012, when executive director Charlie Meng met with us to discuss his organization’s mission and the many ways people can volunteer.  AFAC accommodates more than 1,400 families per week, giving them a choiceof a wide variety of nutritious food items available at AFAC’s food distribution center.

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NCC staff enjoyed some delicious pizza at Pete’s, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to AFAC

AFAC leads the Plot Against Hunger program, the Hunger Challenge, weekly food drives at local supermarkets, plus many other ongoing events.  On Wednesday, October 10, it will present Restaurant Night at the Curious Grape in Shirlington Village in Arlington, where 15 percent of drink and food proceeds will be donated to AFAC.  NCC is pleased to be a sponsor for the Chiefs vs. Chefs live cooking challenge on Wednesday, October 17 at the Key Bridge Marriot in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, where AFAC will supply its pantry food for the event.

We are honored to continually support AFAC’s selfless mission, and look forward to engaging in future events.