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Produce From Park Garden Donated To Area Assistance Program

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Throughout the year, staff and volunteers at Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, help volunteer garden manager Sandy Newton care for and harvest fresh produce in the kitchen garden adjacent to the house.  

This summer, Youth Conservation Corps students have joined the effort and the site is donating harvested produce to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to assist disadvantaged people in northern Virginia.  

Pictured right to left above, Park Ranger Delphine Gross, Danielle Johnson, a junior from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, Eric Standridge, a junior from Grainger High School in Rutledge, Tennessee, and Louisa Stanwich, a senior from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia presented the first donation, 22 pounds of fresh produce, to Koube Ngaaje, director of operations for AFAC.  

AFAC is a community based non-profit that provides groceries to over 1,500 families every week, 35% of whom are children. Volunteers and YCC’s will continue working in the garden at Arlington House throughout the summer and will provide more fresh produce to help AFAC stop hunger in the local community.



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