NACDS staff members volunteered this week for local nonprofit, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), harvesting an impressive 2,182 pounds of vegetables.

NACDS staff members volunteered this week for local nonprofit, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). The team harvested a variety of healthy vegetables in an effort to get the produce into AFAC facilities before the frost sets in.

Volunteers harvested an impressive 2,182 pounds of vegetables at the United States Department of Agriculture Research Facility. The majority of vegetables immediately went into AFAC’s grocery distribution to those in need. AFAC distributes groceries to nearly 2,300 families in need every week; over 35 percent of the people they serve are children, and 30 percent are elderly individuals.

Giving back to the community is also a priority for NACDS members, who are actively involved in creating value in their communities above and beyond the health and wellness services for which they are already known. A 2017 Chain Pharmacy Community Engagement Report found that NACDS members participated in $630 million in giving last year, plus provided more than one million volunteer hours in their communities. The report also describes activities in the top-three ranked focus areas: access to affordable medicines and vaccines; preventing diabetes and promoting healthy meals; and preventing opioid abuse.

NACDS’ 2017 Community Engagement Report