*Updated March 25, 2020
In order to get food from AFAC on a weekly basis, you must get a referral from a certified Arlington County social worker. Arlingtonians in need of immediate assistance before they can obtain a referral may be served on a one-time basis with the following documentation.
Proof of Arlington residency:
- Current government issued photo ID with Arlington address, OR
- Rental Lease Agreement or Utility Bill (electricity, gas, water) with your name on it, OR
- Letter from your landlord stating you live at the address.
If you cannot show proof of Arlington residency, you will not be served.
To receive food on an on-going basis, you need to have an active referral. During this time period, if you need a new AFAC referral or a renewal, please call the Arlington County Department of Human Services (DHS) Community Assistance Bureau (2100 Washington Blvd, 1st floor) at 703-228-1300.
For seniors and people with disabilities, please call Aging & Disability Services Division (2100 Washington Blvd, 4th floor) at 703-228-1700. The elderly and chronically ill should call this number to inquire about home delivery.
Currently, DHS is only taking appointments over the phone for referrals. For more information about DHS services, click here.
Parents of children attending Arlington Public Schools can also get an AFAC referral through their school social worker.
You may pick up your food at one of the following food distribution sites (see below). When you get your referral, you will be asked to choose which location you prefer. Once you have chosen a location, you may not change it unless you notify your social worker. You can pick up your food once a week at that location only.
AFAC: 2708 South Nelson Street
Monday – Friday: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday Morning: 9:00-11:00 AM
Clarendon United Methodist Church: 606 North Irving Street
Saturday Morning: 9:30-10:30 AM