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September 21, 2011 / Arlington Unwrapped

Strange Dichotomy: Arlington Has A Lot, But Some Local Families Don’t Have Enough

In 2011, Arlington County had the 11th highest median household income in the country. In Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s September list of the 50 Best Cities, Arlington was ranked #2. CNN Money rated us the 7th best city in America for the “Rich and Single”.  And, per ArlNow.Com, last week the number of families served by the Arlington Food Assistance Center hit an all time high – over 1570 families, or more than 4000 individuals.  This is after August saw AFAC hit a record high in average number of families served, a 19% increase over this time last year. 

While economic divergency in Arlington is certainly nothing new, never is the disparity more glaring than when we are talking about the issue of hunger. September is National Hunger Action Month and as such, its a great time to get involved with AFAC – a non-profit organization that has been assisting Arlington families for over 20 years. Many local establishments have or will sponsor events throughout the month, often donating a portion of their profits on a specific night to the organization – including hotspots like Front Page or Screwtop Wine Bar.

It’s terrific that local businesses are so willing to assist, but there’s also a lot we can do as individuals.  The Arlington Food Assistance Center details a number of ways you can get involved on its website – whether you are looking to donate food, your time, or most importantly, funds.

Arlington is an amazing place to live, and we deserve the recognition that we receive. We work hard and we play hard and we reside in an area where many residents take their discretionary spending for granted.  At your discretion, consider spending some of those funds to assist your less fortunate neighbors

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