Who We Are

We are a group of local volunteers who believe that no child in Arlington should be hungry. Our approach to Arlington EATS is welcoming, participatory and respectful. Whether you have a few dollars to spare, a few hours to offer, or talent to share, we welcome you to the table. Contact us at info@arlington-eats.org.

Meet the Team

Program Manager

Sarah Gupta
Sarah is a social worker with over twenty years of experience working with children and families in home, school and community based settings. During her undergraduate and graduate internships, she became acutely aware of how hunger affects behavior in children. Counseling went better when kids weren’t hungry. Keeping snacks on hand, packing extra lunch and dinner to share and talking about hunger and its synergy with behavioral health were consistent elements in her work with children and families. Sarah came to EATS as a volunteer and accepted our newly created Program Manager position in July 2017. MSW, University at Albany.  Contact: sarah@arlington-eats.org

Co-founders: 

Lauren Ledger
Lauren Ledger
Lauren began her career in Finance but soon discovered that her business background was equally well-used in the Public and Nonprofit realm. She co-founded the Arlington EATS program when she discovered the extent of need in her own community. She is passionate about connecting people and communities and finding interesting ways to address issues of food scarcity in hyper-local contexts. BA Washington University in St. Louis, MBA Boston University.
Vicki Rose
Vicki Rose
Vicki is the administrative assistant at Thompson Elementary School in Arlington, as well as working with the town in other capacities. Vicki has been actively involved in helping students and families for decades through her work with the schools, Arlington Youth Counseling Center, and connections with the Department of Health and Human Services. Vicki is the beating heart and soul of Arlington EATS and is passionate about providing resources to families in need. Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics  University of Delaware
Nicole Melnik
Nicole Melnik
Nicole is a teacher at the Thompson School in Arlington. Before Arlington EATS evolved, she was bringing in snacks for her students that couldn’t focus on their learning due to hunger. All students now have access to healthy snacks all day long, resulting in happier, focused learning. She is a co-leader of the Weekend Food Program and plans two meals every other week for our 40+ families. She loves seeing her students and their families come to our pop-up pantry knowing we are helping children that typically receive free breakfast and lunch at school. BA & M.Ed Simmons College
Susan Stewart
Susan Stewart
Susan has been involved in the Arlington community for the last 20 years as an educator, volunteer, activist, youth group leader and parent. With ties to the interfaith community and the public school system, she has seen the need for communities to work together in innovative ways to solve local problems. She co-founded the Arlington EATS organization to address a specific need in the community and produce tangible benefits. BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MSE University of Michigan.

The team that keeps it all running: