The staff and board of Arlington EATS are working with the Arlington Board of Health to make sure our most vulnerable neighbors have access to nutritious and sufficient food while uncertainty around COVID-19 continues. We will remain vigilant about ensuring the health of all of our volunteers and clientele.
The Market is temporarily closed to in-person shopping, however, home delivery of food is available.
To receive food:
- BY PHONE: Call Arlington Food Hotline at (781) 316-3400 and leave a message with your name, address, phone number, family size and you will receive a call back as soon as possible.
- ON THE INTERNET: Fill out this form online every week you need a delivery
- Deliveries will include a variety of fresh produce, meat, dairy and canned and shelf stable food. Please note items will vary each week.
One time registration:
- We are registering everyone who gets food from Arlington EATS in the summer and fall of 2020. Please be sure to return the paper copy sent to you via home delivery OR
- Access our online registration here.
- All of your information is kept confidential, but everyone who receives food must register.
If you are looking for community meals in the area, please access the resources below:
- To apply for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), call 781-316-3400, leave a message and a social worker will call you back.
- Any Arlington child, 0-18, can receive delivery of breakfast and lunches by filling out this form or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit Project Bread for additional food programs
Arlington EATS response to COVID-19
“I found the bags right in front of my door. I was absolutely thrilled they were left there.... I was absolutely thrilled with the order somebody picked out for me. Just might make them my personal shopper.”
[via voicemail from a Drake Village resident]
On Wednesday, March 4, Arlington EATS reached out to the Arlington Board of Health to better understand how COVID-19 might play out in Arlington and how our services might be impacted.
During the next several weeks, Arlington EATS worked closely with the Board of Health, Council on Aging, Arlington Public Schools Food Services, and Food Link to ensure food was available in a safe and sustainable manner to our most vulnerable neighbors.
As of mid-May we are serving 260 families per week, a 60% increase from pre-COVID times. Food deliveries include shelf-stable items, meat, eggs, bread, and lots of fresh produce. Families can indicate their food preferences and volunteers then package each order. Families receive
30-45 pounds of food per delivery.
We could not do this work without lots of support. We are grateful for the collaborative relationships we have with the Board of Health, Council on Aging, Food Link, Arlington Housing Authority, Medical Reserve Corp, and Arlington Public Schools Food Services. We are also grateful for the many individuals who have stepped forward to volunteer in the past month. Finally, we are grateful for the community that has supported us financially. Together we are neighbors serving neighbors.
“Thank you for everything you are doing to support people in this difficult situation. We are a family of 5. I have three kids and my husband currently lost his job. The products you brought are a huge support for us. I really appreciate it.”
EATS Response Timeline
Eats begins working on an initial COVID-19 response plan with Board of Health
Snack program converted to using only manufactured packaged snacks
Social distancing restrictions put in place at the Market
Home delivery system and food hotline established for at-risk and quarantined families
Packed lunches offered for pickup through the Arlington Public Schools
Market changed to shoppers picking up pre-bagged groceries
Market converted to 100% home deliveries, made two days a week
Home delivery increased to three days a week to meet growing demand
Home delivery of a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches started through APS Food Services and delivered by school staff
EATS begins accepting community food donations once more