UPDATED, March 30: Beats for EATS, a fund-raiser for Arlington EATS, was set to occur Saturday, March 28, at Town Hall, from 7 to 11 p.m., but that event was canceled in favor of an online auction only.

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Held March 23 through to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, the event raised $70,325. Last year's event, the fourth annual, yielded more than $80,000.

"In a time of crisis, people come together and that is true of all of you," Andi Doane, executive director of the nonprofit, said in an email March 30. "I want to thank everyone who has given over the past few weeks of their time, money, those who bid on our Beats for EATS auction items, those who donated auction items, those who converted Beats tickets to donations, and the many businesses that sponsored Beats.

"All of this tremendous support has allowed us to coordinate and respond quickly to this Covid-19 crisis. Know that your dollars are going to feed our most vulnerable neighbors during this time."

 Because of your support, together we have:

  • Staffed a food hotline and provided delivery of emergency food kits to 34 seniors and quarantined families over the last two weeks.
  • Purchased and unloaded over 22,000 pounds of food in the last three weeks. This is almost double what we normally purchase.
  • Adapted our operations on a weekly basis in order to provide food but keeping everyone safe.
  • Been in constant communication and coordination with the Town, Arlington Public Schools Food Services, and other local agencies to work out the logistics of our efforts.
  • Now converted our services to exclusive home delivery. We are preparing emergency food kits and are working with the highly trained Medical Reserve Corp volunteers for food deliveries to go out twice a week.
  • Started working with caterers and restaurants to provide premade meals in these food deliveries in order to ensure kids who are missing school lunches have access to meals.
  • Plans to continue to serve the community now and into the future, as the need will be even greater as unemployment climbs.

 Your contributions are making a difference. One woman I spoke to last week who received a home delivery said, “I've never been so scared. Your food delivery gives me a sense of security. " 

This news announcement was published Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, and updated March 30.