Updates as of September 1, 2020

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has disrupted the everyday routines for people worldwide. For Arlington residents in need, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is available to supply you with free supplemental groceries.

Current AFAC Clients

AFAC will continue to provide free weekly groceries to Arlingtonians in need. Distributions will continue at our Shirlington headquarters at 2708 South Nelson Street. The food distribution centers at Arlington Career Center and Gunston Community Center are closed. Clients who normally shop at these centers may come to the Nelson headquarters during our hours of operation. All other food distribution centers remain open at this time. The distribution at Arlington Mill Community Center will be held in the garage since the building will be closed.

Starting Monday, March 23, AFAC will temporarily change the food distribution hours at Nelson.

  • Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 2 pm
  • Saturday: 9 - 11 am

There will be no evening distributions, early-bird line, or separate social worker distributions until further notice. These changes are being made to streamline our operations and to keep everyone safe.

New Clients

By providing one-time services and short-term referrals, AFAC is here to help Arlingtonians to save their limited resources during this uncertain time.

Any Arlingtonian may be served one time without a referral. You must provide a photo ID and proof of address (lease or utility bill). After that, you must get a referral from the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau.

For Alexandria residents, here is a list of resources.
For Fairfax County residents, here is a list of resources.
For DC residents, here is a list of resources.

Read about AFAC client policies, how to get a referral, and a sample menu of food families receive from AFAC.

Referrals

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.

For more information, click here: https://afac.org/get-food/get-a-referral/. Referrals typically last 3 months and can be renewed if you continue to need AFAC services.

Meals for Kids

Arlington Public Schools: APS will be expanding the meal distribution locations from the current 9 locations to 21 schools and adjusting meal services for the new school year, beginning Tues, Sept. 8, when APS begins operating under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). See the APS website for the latest updates and more details.

Bayou Bakery with Real Food for Kids: 1515 N. Courthouse Rd, 10am to Noon Monday-Friday. Free vegetarian meals and fruit for kids and their families.

We the Pizza: 2110 Crystal Dr. and 4201 Wilson Blvd #120. Slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza or 4 wings and a side salad. (See Facebook post and comments for details.)

Good Stuff Eatery: 2110 Crystal Dr. Slider or chicken tender with small fry or grilled cheese with side salad. (See Facebook post and comments for details.)

Good Company Doughnuts & Café: 672 N. Glebe Rd, Monday-Friday, 7 am – 4 pm, one meal per student. (Breakfast: egg sandwich and fruit or oatmeal, Lunch: pasta with chicken and asparagus)

Resource for Food Safety & a Simple Healthy Cookbook

Virginia Department of Social Services - Benefits Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
Some rules have changed. If you did not qualify for SNAP before, you might qualify now. Call 703-228-1300 or apply online.

Listing of Resources from other Websites

Arlington County: Includes a list of food, financial, and medical assistance resources.

Arlington Career Center: Includes a listing of health, food, housing, technology, and general resources in English and Spanish.

Arlington Transit: Starting March 24, fares are free. Passengers must board using the rear door, with the exception of those who require the use of a wheelchair. Routes and schedules have changed. See website for details.

Metrobus: Starting March 24, fares are free. Passengers must board using the rear door, with the exception of those who require the use of a wheelchair. Routes and schedules have changed. See website for details.

Listing of open restaurants: Arlington Magazine & ARLNow.com have compiled a list of local restaurants that are currently open for take-out or delivery.

Government Updates

Office of the Governor of Virginia: Here are a series of press releases from the Governor's office with updates regarding statewide services and other important information.

Click here for the latest updates from Arlington County. Arlington County has also set up a COVID-19 call center: click here for more information.

How to Stay Safe

CDC Recommendations

Virginia Cooperative Extension: Resources available in English and Spanish.

Home Delivery Services

For AFAC clients who are 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.

Meals on Wheels - referrals can also be made through your social worker at Arlington's Aging & Disability Services Division of DHS.