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Capt. Bo Bennett and Firefighter David Harrison – "Team Blaze & Glaze" – are hard at work during the third annual Chiefs vs. Chefs competition, held in 2014 and sponsored by the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

The 30th anniversary of the Arlington Food Assistance Center has been saluted by the Virginia General Assembly.

Founded in 1988, AFAC initially served about 60 families from the basement of a local church, and today supports an average of nearly 2,400 families each week from 18 sites in the county.

By providing supplemental groceries, AFAC has “helped vulnerable families devote their financial resources to housing, utilities or other basic needs,” notes the resolution, patroned by Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) and approved by both houses of the General Assembly.

In 2017, AFAC distributed more than 4.6 million pounds of groceries, ranging from vegetables and fruit to bread, rice and milk. During the year, more than 2,000 volunteers provided more than 40,000 hours of service to the organization.