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Cardinal PTA Community Service Committee

Cardinal Food Bus Program Volunteers 2021-2022

Thank you for your interest in Cardinal's Food Bus program! We collect unopened and unwanted packaged items and whole fruit from the cafeteria, in addition to unused bulk food from the Extended Day program.  We deliver to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) every Wednesday (or an alternative date around holidays).  AFAC distributes the food to local families in need. The process is fairly simple:

  1. Generally we pick up food from the Food Bus fridge in the cafeteria between 2:05 and 3:20 (after lunch ends and before the bus circle becomes unavailable).  On early release days, pick up is any time after school, as long as the food arrives at AFAC before 4:30.  
  2. Use the bags on top of the fridge or boxes under the table (or bring your own to use/donate for the next person).  Divide the food into 3 categories:  (1) Dairy/Refrigerated Items; (2) Fruits/Vegetables; (3) Shelf-Stable Items.  (Note:  There may be shelf stable items on top of the fridge as well.)
  3. Drive the food to AFAC (2708 S. Nelson Street, Arlington 22206) within one hour of picking it up. (Note that AFAC closes at 4:30.  If you are running late, please call ahead to inform them at 703-845-8486.) 
  4. Pull up to AFAC's loading dock where a volunteer will help you unload and weigh the food.
  5. Right inside the dock door is a holder with donation slips that have a top/bottom copy.  You don't need to fill out everything, but please write the date, the weight and "Cardinal Elementary FOOD BUS" as the donor name. Turn in the top copy to AFAC and keep the bottom copy as your receipt.
  6. Take a picture of your receipt and email it to [email protected] or text it to 703-618-6843.

If you run into any problems, please contact Sara Starck at 703-618-6843.

Thanks again!

Created by:   Sara Starck
 
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy EST) Location Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC
10/06/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
K.C. Swanson
10/13/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
Kate Keane
10/20/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
Stacy Leff
10/27/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
Colleen Fredricks
11/03/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
Faye Del Pezzo
(5th grade parent)
11/10/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
K.C. Swanson
11/17/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
Kate Keane
11/23/2021
(Tue. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
NOTE: Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
Stacy Leff
Happy to give this slot up if someone wants it (since I am dropping 10/20 too)
12/01/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
12/08/2021
(Wed. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
Kate Keane

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
12/17/2021
(Fri. 2:00pm - 3:30pm)
Note: Friday before Winter Break 

Deliver Food From Cardinal To AFAC

 
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