Our Kids, Our Community

Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced price lunches that feed more than 500 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!

Summer Lunches!

EATS will once again be serving summer lunches from 12:00-1:00, Monday – Thursday.  Join us for these delicious lunches (with take-home food too!) at the Thompson school (187 Everett Street) from July 11-August 18.  Hope to see you there!

Our Programs

Summer Lunch Program

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

Weekend Food Program

Supplemental food provided to families on the 2nd and 4th Friday each month. 2:15  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

5,000+ Meals

provided during the 2015 summer vacation. 2450 meals provided out of the Thompson School and funding for 2,900 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.

220+ Meals

served each week during February and April vacations in 2015 and 2016, largely donated by very generous local stores, restaurants and caterers!

700+ 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.

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Yesterday was our last summer lunch for 2016. And what an awesome 6 weeks it was! Serving lunches for 100+ people every day takes a lot of organization though and we have many shoutouts to make:

To Sadia, Lisa and Peg -- the lovely ladies in the kitchen making and serving ALL of the healthy, delicious food we served this summer (and there was a lot of it!). They worked so hard yet always had smiles on their faces.

To the 58 volunteers of all ages who came once or 15 times to help us put it all together. Especially to our ninja-organizer-Summer Captains: Julie Rackliffe, Jodi Auerbach, Karen Roth LoRusso, Becca Stewart Persson, Claudia Donnet, Nicole Linstrum Melnik, Victoria Anne Rose and Susan Stewart.

To our master Gardener, Meredith Seifert who turned the Thompson garden beds into an organic paradise of hyper-local food (it really does taste better!).

To our business donors who care about their community and make food that people go crazy for: La Victoria Taqueria, Whole Foods Market, and Beaujolais Catering (www.facebook.com/beaujolaiscatering)

To Thompson School Arlington MA for allowing us the space to work and to the awesome custodial staff for always lending a hand as we cleaned up.

To Food For Free and Food Link MA , our two favorite organizations in the world, who insure that food ends up with people who need it instead of in a landfill.

To all of our community donors who gave money so this program could happen this summer and in the future: www.arlington-eats.org/donate.

And finally, to our kind and interesting neighbors who came and enjoyed lunch with us this summer. We were so happy to share a table with you.

Already looking forward to Summer 2017!
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Yesterday was our last summer lunch for 2016.  And what an awesome 6 weeks it was!  Serving lunches for 100+ people every day takes a lot of organization though and we have many shoutouts to make:

To Sadia, Lisa and Peg -- the lovely ladies in the kitchen making and serving ALL of the healthy, delicious food we served this summer (and there was a lot of it!).  They worked so hard yet always had smiles on their faces.  

To the 58 volunteers of all ages who came once or 15 times to help us put it all together.  Especially to our ninja-organizer-Summer Captains: Julie Rackliffe, Jodi Auerbach, Karen Roth LoRusso, Becca Stewart Persson, Claudia Donnet, Nicole Linstrum Melnik, Victoria Anne Rose and Susan Stewart.  

To our master Gardener, Meredith Seifert who turned the Thompson garden beds into an organic paradise of hyper-local food (it really does taste better!).  

To our business donors who care about their community and make food that people go crazy for: La Victoria Taqueria, Whole Foods Market, and Beaujolais Catering (www.facebook.com/beaujolaiscatering)

To Thompson School Arlington MA for allowing us the space to work and to the awesome custodial staff for always lending a hand as we cleaned up.

To Food For Free and Food Link MA , our two favorite organizations in the world, who insure that food ends up with people who need it instead of in a landfill.  

To all of our community donors who gave money so this program could happen this summer and in the future: www.arlington-eats.org/donate.

And finally, to our kind and interesting neighbors who came and enjoyed lunch with us this summer.  We were so happy to share a table with you. 

Already looking forward to Summer 2017!

Stephanie Eshelman, Arlington EATS and 23 others like this

Joscelyn MooreThank you for all you did this summer. Food was great and alway helpful.

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Peg BarryGreat Job All Yr!!!!!!!!!!!U Guys R Awesome Luv Having Met All Of U!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Another absolutely delicious catered lunch! Chicken, rice and beans courtesy of La Victoria Taqueria! The next time you're in the Center, be sure to stop by and enjoy Mexican street food for lunch or dinner. As their motto says "You deserve the best, You deserve La Victoria!"

MORE mouth watering fruits and veggies rescued from Food For Free & Food Link MA!

Join us tomorrow for our final lunch of the summer!
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Another absolutely delicious catered lunch!  Chicken, rice and beans courtesy of La Victoria Taqueria!  The next time youre in the Center, be sure to stop by and enjoy Mexican street food for lunch or dinner. As their motto says You deserve the best, You deserve La Victoria! 

MORE mouth watering fruits and veggies rescued from Food For Free & Food Link MA!

Join us tomorrow for our final lunch of the summer!

Alejandro Barrientos, Stephanie Penta and 22 others like this

Deb McCollisterI love the shout-outs for supporting generous, local businesses!

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Takako SugiharaLooks awesome! Cant wait to join Thompson!

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