Volunteers honored for service to AFAC

Members of the Solid Waste Bureau of the Arlington County government’s Department of Environmental Services were honored by the Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Danielle Rampton and Charles Meng at AFAC’s annual volunteer celebration.

More than 200 people gathered June 8 at the warehouse of the Arlington Food Assistance Center for the organization’s annual picnic in Shirlington.

They were just some of the more than  2,000 volunteers serving nearly 50,000 hours of service toward AFAC’s mission of feeding community members in need.

Awards for Volunteers of the Year were presented to Richard “Dick” Bauder and Charles Dinkens. The Volunteer Group of the Year went to those who run AFAC’s Claridge House food distribution every Monday morning.

Our Savior Lutheran Church and School was honored as a Community Partner of the Year for their role in allowing AFAC to host large corporate bagging events in their gymnasium, as well as hosting the annual Scouting for Food drive by the Boy Scouts every November.

The Arlington County government’s Solid Waste Bureau also was recognized as a Community Partner of the Year for turning food waste into compost, which in turn is used at AFAC Plot Against Hunger gardens to grow food for our food distributions.

Special recognition went to Lucinda Robb for her two terms of service on AFAC’s board of directors, and AFAC also recognized volunteers who have served at least 2,080 lifetime volunteer hours, which is the equivalent to working 40 hours a week for a full year. Pins were given out to volunteers who achieved milestone periods of service between five and 25 years.

For a full list of awardees and photos from the event, see the Website at www.afac.org/picnic19.

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