AFAC Updates

AFAC Announces Partnership with Homestretch; First Food Distribution Outside Arlington

The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is partnering with Homestretch, a nonprofit organization located in Falls Church, to provide free nutritious groceries to recently housed families on the path towards self-sufficiency. The new food distribution center will plan to operate weekly and will be AFAC’s first center serving residents outside of Arlington County. “We are…

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AFAC Updates Two Sites to Increase Access to Food for Clients

AFAC is excited to announce that two existing food distribution sites will now be opened up to the wider community, making them more accessible to any Arlington resident in need.  Arlington’s Department of Human Services (DHS) Community Outreach Program (COP) staffs the food distributions at Arlington Mill Community Center and Gates of Ballston. Previously, all participating clients…

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Home Delivery Program Reaches 10,000th Delivery

In April 2022, we made our 10,000th delivery of groceries through our Home Delivery program! Established in March 2020, the Home Delivery program was created in direct response to the pandemic to reach residents who were in quarantine or were homebound due to a severe short or long term medical condition or disability. Thank you…

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Thursday Evening Food Distribution Closed – April 28

On Thursday, April 28, the evening food distribution (6 – 7 pm) will be canceled for one day only due to a special event. The daytime distribution (9:30 am – 1 pm) will be open as scheduled. El jueves, 28 de abril, la distribución de alimentos por la noche (6 – 7 pm) se cancelará…

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AFAC Gleaning at Local Farmers’ Markets in 2022

We are excited to pick up donations from Farmers’ Markets once again! During the peak farmers’ market season, AFAC sends volunteers to glean or collect produce donations from vendors at the end of the market hours. This is a great partnership that brings farm fresh produce directly to families in need. This also helps the…

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Annual Client Survey, 2022 Report

Every year, the AFAC conducts an in-depth survey to gather client feedback. Responses help AFAC adapt its services and programs to best meet the needs of the community. Surveys were conducted in February 2022 over the course of four weeks. In total, AFAC received 1,154 responses, a 52.8% participation rate. See below for a summary…

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AFAC Reopens Food Distribution at The Springs and Tuesday Evenings at Nelson

AFAC is partnering with the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) to reopen a food distribution center at The Springs apartment complex on Wednesday afternoons, starting April 6. Residents at other APAH properties in northern Arlington will be eligible to pick up groceries from The Springs, increasing access to food by hosting a food distribution…

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An Empty Bowls Letter From Charlie Meng, AFAC’s CEO

Unfortunately once again, Empty Bowls is a virtual event this year. I say unfortunately because this has always been my favorite annual AFAC event. It is a time when we gather over a simple bowl of soup and enjoy the camaraderie of each other’s company. Empty Bowls brings together our volunteers – from brand new…

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AFAC’s Thanksgiving Media Coverage

AFAC was recently featured in several news stories, which highlighted the current need for food and how we serve our community leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. PBS Newshour – Thursday, November 25. AFAC clients and Charles Meng, AFAC’s CEO, are interviewed by PBS Newshour Chief Correspondent Amna Nawaz. WUSA 9 – Friday, November November…

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