New headquarters for Arlington EATS, 2022Much nonperishable food resulted from the Faith & Blue food drive Oct. 6 between local Catholic churches and the Arlington Police Department, with all donations going to Arlington EATS. / photo courtesy APD
UPDATED Oct. 9: The Arlington Police Department was the host for a food drive Friday, Oct. 6, at 4:15 p.m. at the St. Agnes Parish, 32 Medford St. in Arlington Center

This food drive was organized as part of Faith & Blue Weekend, a national iniative aimed to promote safer communties by engaging law enforcement officers and residents through faith-based organizations. The drive locally was partnered with members of the Catholic Parishes of Arlington, according to the town website. The town has two Catholic churches: St. Agnes and St. Camillus, 1185 Concord Turnpike.

A list of acceptable food items can be viewed here >> 

All nonperishables are being delivered to Arlington EATS, which among other efforts runs EATS Market, a free-of-cost food pantry whose client base has been steadily growing. Arlington EATS Program Director Susan Dorson told YourArlington she thought that more than 200 pounds of food had been acquired.

All town residents were able to participate in the food drive. Those interested in donating to Arlington EATS, which accepts donations year-round, can learn more here >> and/or call 339-707-6761. Those who need free food also are encouraged to make contact.

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This news announcement was published Friday, Oct. 6, 2023. based on information from the town website, and was later updated to correct the day of the event. It was updated Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, to add an image taken toward the end of the day of the event, and to add more information about Arlington EATS and its associated EATS Market.