Arlington Food Assistance Center – Fact Sheet FY20
AFAC is the only organization in Arlington, VA, solely devoted to providing Arlington residents dignified access to nutritious, supplemental groceries—free of charge. Learn more about our mission, the need in Arlington, the Choice Model, and our budget by reading the complete Fact Sheet.
Arlington's Safety-Net Non-Profits, January 2016
AFAC is highlighted in this report published by the Marymount University Nonprofit Research Center in partnership with the Arlington Community Foundation.
Arlington Food Insecurity Study 2012-2013
In 2012, the nonprofit Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) partnered with Virginia Tech’s Center for Survey Research (CSR) and Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) to conduct a food insecurity study. Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, food insecurity affects a great many Arlington County residents. Food insecurity is measured by limited or uncertain access to food, reduced food intake, and disrupted eating patterns.
According to this study, slightly more than 4 in 10 Arlington residents in the $60,000 and under income group are experiencing food insecurity. With roughly 75,000 Arlington residents in this income category, this suggests as many as 42 percent or 31,500 of these individuals could experience food insecurity in Arlington, VA. Learn more by reading the full report.
What is Hunger? What is Food Insecurity?
Hunger is the physical sensation that results from not having enough food to eat. However, when talking about “hunger in America,” what is often meant is more accurately called “food insecurity.”
Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs due to lack of financial resources (National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness).
- The number of people in the United States that are food insecure is over 33 million. Source
Hunger Related Resources
Feeding America Learn about local food insecurity with the interactive Map the Meal Gap project. You can click Arlington County on the map to see details. Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
Prezi Presentation: A History of Emergency Food in the US by WhyHunger's National Hunger Clearinghouse.
A report on Household Food Security in the United States in 2015 by the USDA, Economic Research Service.
For information about USDA's food and nutrition programs visit the USDA, Economic Research Service website. This includes information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. SNAP is the nation’s largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans.
Just for Kids!
United Nations World Food Programme - play a game about rice. For each answer you get right, 10 grains of rice will be donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.
Fruit and Veggie Color Champions - games, coloring sheets, and activities for all ages from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
Fruits & Veggies More Matters A nonprofit organization designed to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables to 5 or more servings a day to improve health of Americans. The website includes sections on Healthy Kids, Nutrition Facts, Recipes and more.
Kids Can Make A Difference is an educational program for middle- and high school students that focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help.
Resources for Teachers/Parents
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Education Resources: videos, audios, podcasts, publications and project descriptions.
United Nations World Food Programme Resources for teacher and students. Click on Students, Fun and Learn, has activities for different ages. WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.
Utah Education Center Website gives good facts to teachers about hunger. Provides a lesson plan for teaching about hunger.
Why Hunger is a grassroots organization which focuses on social movements and community power.
World Renew is a Christian organization which hopes to join communities around the world. Information on hunger, refugees, natural disasters etc...
Church World Service Information on Food Security under Global Development on website. Started the CROP Hunger walks.
Bread for the World Influences Congress on ways to fight domestic and international hunger. Includes how to get involved.
Food for the Hungry Community work, emergency response and how to sponsor a child.
No Kid Hungry, a campaign by Share our Strength, aims to end child hunger in America. Find out how they are working toward that goal and what you can do to help.
To see some current perspectives, refer to an article which discusses why some myths about the SNAP program aren't necessarily true.
Hunger In America is a powerful documentary tackling the hunger epidemic in America. 2014. Available on Amazon Prime Video, one hour.
A Place at the Table is a documentary which follows the lives of 3 people who wage a daily struggle against hunger. 2013. Available on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.com. 1 hour, 26 min.
Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger, which raises awareness of the widespread issue of hunger in the United States. 2011. See pbs.org and YouTube for highlights. One hour.
The Greatest Table: A banquet to Fight Against World Hunger (Fiction) Michael J. Rosen. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994. Ages 4-8.
This twelve-foot-long accordion book simply tells of food, community, and the responsibility we all share to bring those in need to join us at the greatest table, where all of humanity breaks bread and shares in the joys of food.
See a list and description of 10 children's books to help kids understand hunger, by various authors.
Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Pena. Local libraries.