Plot Against Hunger

Arlington is fortunate to have a robust network of gardens that provide fresh produce to local food pantries called the Plot Against Hunger. In January 2021, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) transferred ownership of its Plot Against Hunger program to the Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA). Since its inception in 2007, over 600,000 pounds of fresh produce has been donated to AFAC through the program.

Due to the pandemic, AFAC saw a significant increase in the number of clients needing food assistance and had to shift resources to focus on its core mission of providing free groceries to Arlington families in need. An ad hoc Plot Against Hunger steering committee was formed and, with assistance of FOUA, oversaw a successful 2020 gardening season, which distributed over 6,000 pounds of donated produce to food pantries in the area. Discussions between AFAC and FOUA led to an agreement to transition Plot Against Hunger to FOUA in 2021 to allow the program to continue its purpose and to grow.

The Plot Against Hunger Program is a collaborative effort managed by FOUA that includes Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension, Marymount University, Master Gardeners, Master Food Volunteers, food pantries, and individual gardens and gardeners. Contact us at

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Where to Donate Produce

Plot Against Hunger is opening a bagging site on May 16 at Rock Spring Church, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington on Mondays, 1-3 pm, (Tuesday May 31 & July 5), and Mondays & Thursdays August - October. Gardeners can drop off their fresh produce to be bagged and donated to local food pantries.

In 2021, over 9,100 pounds donated at Rock Spring Church! Over 3,500 donated at AFAC! And over 39,600 pounds gleaned from local farms!

Find a Food Pantry

You can donate directly to local food pantries. Click on the image below for a list of local food pantries. Some food pantries only accept pre-packaged produce while others will accept bulk donations. * 2022 list is being updated *


Plot Against Hunger Program is coordinating an exchange of seedlings between seedling growers and PLOT gardens that need seedlings. This year we are limiting types of seedlings to cool season crops (collards, kale, swiss chard) and nightshades (tomatoes, peppers). The first exchange of cool season crop seedlings will take place in mid-late March; the second exchange will take place in early-mid May. Fill out this survey by March 1 if you have seedlings to exchange or if you need seedlings.


Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension and Plot Against Hunger distribute donated seeds to Plot gardens, community gardens, and other gardeners in the spring. Email if you need seeds. We still have a limited supply.

Resources for Gardeners

Click on the image for a list of resources for gardeners. View our How To Garden videos.

What to Grow & How to Package It

Click on the image to learn what you can grow for local food pantries.

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