News & Press Releases

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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Food Insecurity Study, 2022

Partnering with AFAC and Arlington County’s Food Security Task Force, the Urban Institute released a research report on improving food security and access in Arlington. This report estimates 7.8% of households experience food insecurity in Arlington with higher concentrations in the south and east sections of the County. Click the buttons below to read more.

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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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AFAC Named 2022 Best of the Best Non Profit and Place to Volunteer!

AFAC was recognized by Arlington Sun Gazette readers as the Best of the Best in 2022 in the following categories: Best Non Profit/Civic Support Center & Best Place to Volunteer. Thank you to everyone for their support!

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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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AFAC Announces Promotions of Four Staff Members

The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is pleased to announce the promotion of four of its employees, effective July 1, 2021. Coming off a year when the demand for food reached record highs in the community, AFAC was able to provide much needed groceries to all Arlington residents who came through its doors. “The success…

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AFAC Voted Favorite Local Nonprofit

AFAC was voted “Favorite Local Nonprofit” in the Spring 2021 Arlies Community Awards by readers of ARLNow! We are truly honored. Thank you to everyone who voted and for helping us feed our neighbors in need!

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Plot Against Hunger Finds a New Home in 2021

This month, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) will transition ownership of its Plot Against Hunger program to the Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA). Since its inception in 2007, over 600,000 pounds of fresh produce has been donated to AFAC through the Plot Against Hunger program. Due to the pandemic, AFAC saw a significant…

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