Eating At Restaurants Doubles Likelihood of COVID
A CDC study found adults with COVID-19 were twice as likely to have eaten at restaurants. The study found that both positive and negative cases went to gyms, hair salons, shops and in-home group gatherings at about the same rate, but COVID positive individuals were about twice as likely to report dining at restaurants within 14-days before feeling sick. NPR
Restaurant Inspections Now Virtual
A curious note appears on many restaurant inspections conducted by the Arlington County Public Health Department (ACPHD). “ACPHD conducted this inspection virtually. Any violations cited may not be an exhaustive list of potential violations at the food establishment. As owner/operator of … please remember you are responsible for compliance with the Virginia Food Regulations.” Arlington Restaurant Inspection Website
“As a matter of state policy, local health inspectors now avoid in-person inspections of restaurants whenever possible.” The Virginian-Pilot explains. “In one of the ironies that has come to characterize life during the pandemic, the process of certifying safety isn’t as safe as it used to be. The traditional process involves surprise visits while restaurants are in operation, bringing inspectors into close contact with restaurant staff.” The Virginian-Pilot
Donations to World Central Kitchen Have Evaporated
Founded in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Its method of operation is to be a first responder and then collaborate with local chefs to solve the problem of hunger. In mid-March 2020, WCK transformed 8 of Andrés restaurants in New York City & Washington, DC into soup kitchens to support residents affected by COVID-19.
“We simply don’t know how long we’re going to be able to continue to serve meals, and we are standing at the cliff right now,” WCK CEO Nate Mook said. “Because at some point, as we look at the weeks and months ahead, the reality is, we are going to simply run out of money.”WUSA9 ReportDonate
Cash Is Better Than Cans
Helping food banks is vital to helping Arlington neighbors in need. While food banks appreciate food donations, boxes of mismatched canned goods need to be sorted, carried and stored, while money can be used to buy most needed supplies: fresh food like meat, produce, dairy and bread. Canned foods tend to be higher in sodium and lower in nutrients than fresh foods. Money also goes further because food banks buy food at wholesale prices. More DetailsDonate to AFAC
Restaurants with Outdoor Dining
The County has published a map of Arlington restaurants with the ability to offer outdoor dining either through existing outdoor cafes or temporary outdoor seating areas. Many are near LV. Map
Lyon Village Food Drive a Success
LV delivered almost 1,000 pounds of food to AFAC on Saturday morning. Additionally, LV contributed money donations totaling $2,500. LVWC, LVCA, and AFAC thank everybody who helped make the Food Drive a success.
The “We Are Covered” program gives Arlington businesses and residences a way to show the public they are pledged to protect people who come through their doors by actively supporting the face covering requirement.
Give your support to businesses that care for your safety.
Restaurants Open for Takeout and Delivery
Many Arlington restaurants continue to operate for takeout and delivery. Ordering food from them is a great way to support local businesses and get some tasty food. Here are two lists of restaurants open for takeout and delivery: ArlNOW List Arlington County List
Note that delivery services charge hefty fees to restaurants for referrals and some published phone numbers go to the delivery service, not to the restaurant. To maximize the benefit your order brings to the restaurant, make sure you are contacting the restaurant directly.Restaurant Delivery Fees (CNET)
Don’t recognize a restaurant you see on a delivery service website?
Some of America’s best-known chain restaurants have quietly set up shop on food delivery apps, using names that sound like small businesses, but delivering food from their locations. CNN
APS Changing Grab-and-Go Meal Schedule
Effective immediately, Mon May 4, grab-and-go meals will be available only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The intent is to make meal pickup more convenient for families and to limit potential coronavirus exposure to families and staff.
In addition to meals, parents of children in second grade and below can pick up packets of teaching materials to use at home. Click to Continue Reading…
County Response To Hunger
The County has created the Cooperative for a Hunger Free Arlington (CHFA) to help coordinate efforts to assure every Arlington resident has food during the pandemic. CHFA will work to expand community food distribution and add new initiatives. In the coming weeks, the CHFA, in coordination with the County, schools and other community partners, will share more details and communicate expanded easy-to-access resources for food assistance, building on the full range of current resources.
Food, Financial and Medical Assistance for Neighbors in Need website
Help Map Published By NextDoor
The Help Map displays green dots locating neighbors offering help. Clicking on a dot displays the neighbor’s name, how they can help, and a button to send them a message. As of this writing, 13 neighbors in LV are offering various kinds of assistance. (More helpers than any surrounding neighborhood.) The webpage also has a button to sign up as a helper.
View the Help Map
Emergency Food PantryThere is an emergency food pantry set up by some very thoughtful neighbors. The sign says “This food is for you and your Family.” It is located in the 1800 block of N. Cleveland Street. They encourage people to take what they need and leave the rest for others.
A true act of kindness.
Thanks so much!
APS Meal Pickup Without Kids in Tow
The USDA has waived the rule that children must be present to receive meals. Families who wish to pick up meals without their children must email the name and ID numbers for all their children as well as the location they will pick up their meal from to Food.email@example.com APS News Release
Arlington Food Assistance Center Running Short
Neighbors, AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center) donations from grocery stores are way down due empty shelves at the stores. AFAC has begun to purchase food to offset the drop of food available on our shelves. Click to Donate