Ostendio and the Arlington Food Assistance Center

The Ostendio team spent an afternoon in February giving back to the local community by volunteering with the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Ostendio was tasked with bagging food for the Backpack Buddies program. The Backpack Buddies program provides weekend and holiday meal packs for food-insecure Arlington County schoolchildren.

A recent study commissioned by AFAC and conducted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Social Research estimates that as many as 9,400 children in Arlington are food insecure.  For many of these children, their lunchtime meal at school is their only meal each day.  Over weekends or holiday breaks, these children often go with little to no food.  AFAC’s Backpack Buddies program strives to help these children.

The Ostendio Team Volunteering

The Ostendio Team Volunteering

On Fridays at their school, each child in the Backpack Buddies program is given a backpack filled with nourishment for the weekend.  Items usually distributed in the backpacks are ready-to-eat meals, microwave soups, snack bars, fruit cups, shelf-stable milk, fresh produce, and canned vegetables.  There is enough food in each pack to feed the child for two days (six meals, plus snacks). Members from Ostendio packed up 200 bags of food.

The Backpack Buddies program runs year-round.  AFAC coordinates with all of the Arlington Public Schools as well as several community centers, after-care programs, and summer camps to make sure all children in our community have the food they need when the weekend comes.

How you can help

Sponsor a Backpack Buddies child or call 703-845-8486 for more information.

In addition to volunteering, Ostendio also believes that everyone should have access to great healthcare, independent of where they live or how much they can afford. As such Ostendio is committed to donating a minimum of 1% of its annual revenue to causes that further these goals and increase access to affordable care for anyone in need. In addition to direct donations, we provide our solution, MyVCM, free or for a significantly reduced price, to non-profits (contact us for pricing  info@ostendio.com). We give our employees paid time off to volunteer and reward customer referrals and Advisory Board Service, with donations to our target charities.

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