Fresh fruits and vegetables gleaned from a farm or garden, a half-gallon of milk and a dozen eggs, meat, bread, and canned goods when the pantry is bare. This is what Arlington Food Assistance Center means to the nearly 8% of Arlington families living below the poverty line, and to others who simply canít afford the food they need. Serving 1600 families a week, AFAC makes a world of difference to the homeless, unemployed and underemployed, the elderly on fixed incomes, and those with mental or physical disabilities. Referred by the county, churches, and social service agencies, they find sustenance at AFAC, the only organization in Arlington devoted solely to this purpose. Backpack Buddies ensures that homeless children have meals beyond school lunch; an elderly outreach program cares for low-income seniors. Schools, congregations, grocery stores, farms, businesses, and families donate 60% of the food; the balance is purchased wholesale. Volunteers also give an extraordinary 27,000 hours a year. Volunteer your resources, too, and reach out to those who need you Ė right in your own backyard.