Our Kids, Our Community

Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced price lunches that feed more than 650 qualifying students on school days. When school is not in session, family food resources are often stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to make sure that our students have healthy, nutritious food over the long summer vacation, February and April vacation and over the weekends.  Arlington EATS helps our students Eat All Through Summer and the school year!

Big News!

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We are thrilled to announce that as of July 1, Arlington EATS and the Arlington Food Pantry will be merging into one entity to best serve our community and allow for long-term success of both programs.  Read more about this exciting news here!

Our Programs

Summer Lunch Program

Free lunches at the Thompson School Cafeteria over the summer. Mondays through Thursdays, 12pm, in July and August.

Community Meal

Community meal and supplemental food provided to families on the 2nd Thursday each month. 6:00 p.m. at the Thompson School Cafeteria.

February / April Vacation Lunch

Free lunches provided Tuesday through Friday during February and April vacation at the Thompson School Cafeteria.

Healthy Snacks in Schools

Healthy snacks are available at each of the elementary schools for any student who is hungry during the school day.

Our Impact

8,800+ Meals

provided during the 2015 summer vacation. 4800 meals provided out of the Thompson School and funding for 4000 meals provided to the Boys and Girls Club drop-in program.

34,000+ LBS.

of rescued seasonal produce from Arlington’s Food Link and Cambridge’s Food For Free, distributed to between 40 and 60 local families in the first and second year of our Weekend Food Program.

300+ Meals

served each week during February and April vacations, largely donated by very generous local stores, restaurants and caterers! Additional meals provided through our pop-up pantry!

500+ Snacks

distributed per week at the seven elementary schools, Middle School and Arlington High School. We are working to make sure that no student is too hungry to learn.

Our Latest



3 hours ago

Arlington EATS

Our October community meal was such a special and delicious evening! Thank you to the AMAZING team from Adore Church for volunteering and sponsoring the entire evening! Sadia created a Pakistani menu from her heart! Julia Cooks apple crisp was such a hit! Thanks to Food Link MA and Food For Free for the rescued produce! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Arlington EATS

We are in need of sturdy paper bags with handles and reusable grocery bags. Please drop them off at the Thompson School main office between 8am and 6pm or email nicole@arlington-eats.org for pick up. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less


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I have about 50 which I can drop off on Thursday, if you need them earlier I could try and drop them tmro

I have some too... can drop off tomorrow morning

I have so many. I pm'd you. Not clear is the plastic ones are okay.

i can drop off grocery bags tomorrow.