After a year in which its volunteer-appreciation honors had to be canceled due to the pandemic, the Arlington Food Assistance Center recently presented awards to those whose support has been crucial to the organization.
Doris Bennett was honored as a Volunteer of the Year, saluting her 14 years of service.
“Doris is, clearly and simply, the heart and soul of the Clarendon distribution,” AFAC officials said. “We could not run this site this year without her.”
Also honored with a collective Volunteer of the Year Award were those in the “200+ Club,” who donated more than 200 hours between March 2020 and March 2021. They included Terese Brewster, Lee Clarke, Hal Creel, Les Davison, Diana Gordon, Amy Haas, Sarah-Kate Hawkins, Catherine Kitchell, Bruce Logan, Jeff Lynn, Cassandra Metcalfe, Rich Mobley, Randy Randall, Leon Scholfield and John Ziolkowski.
“These are the individuals that made sure, day in and day out, we were ready for our 2,400 weekly clients,” the social-safety-net organization said.
Akiva Dienstfrey of T.C. Williams High School and Lillian Thro of Yorktown High School were honored as Teen Volunteers of the Year, and Kinder Haus Toys and the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation were honored as Community Partners of the Year.
The Carrot Crew, initially led by Lee Clarke and now by Linda Hadley, was honored as Volunteer Group of the Year for “helping every Wednesday without fail since last May.”
“The group is agreeable to doing just about any activity they are asked with good humor and grace,” AFAC officials said. “They have volunteered more than 600 hours since they started.”
For information on the Arlington Food Assistance Center, see the Website at www.afac.org.