Updates as of May 6, 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.
Jump to: Current AFAC Clients, New Clients in need of Food, How to get a referral to AFAC, Free meals for kids, Other Food Assistance Benefits, Listing of resources from other websites, Government updates, How to stay safe, Home delivery options
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 outside 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.
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.
Read further about our AFAC client policies.
View a sample menu of food families receive from AFAC. Please be sure to bring your own reusable grocery bags and masks to wear.
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 is providing free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at the selected schools between 11 am and 1 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meals are free to any child aged 2 to 18. See the APS website for the latest updates and more details.
- Barcroft Elementary School (625 S. Wakefield St)
- Barrett Elementary School (4401 N Henderson Rd)
- Campbell Elementary School (737 S Carlin Springs Rd)
- Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd St)
- Glebe Elementary School (1770 N. Glebe Rd)
- Hoffman-Boston Elementary School (1415 S. Queen St)
- Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd)
- Key Elementary School (2300 Key Blvd)
- Randolph Elementary School (1306 S Quincy St)
Real Food for Kids: Families in need may visit one of the Chefs Feeding Families locations to pick up a grab-and-go meal, no questions asked. No ID or proof of need is required. Family members may pick up meals on behalf of their entire family – children do not need to be present. Click here for map of locations and schedule.
Bayou Bakery: 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)
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.
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)
The Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Education will issue P-EBT benefits to current SNAP households and non-SNAP households, which include children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, through the State’s SNAP EBT card system. If you do not currently receive SNAP, a P-EBT card will be mailed to you. There is no additional application process. Each household will receive $5.70 per child per day for each day that school was closed, approximately 65 days.
Learn more here.
FAQs about P-EBT
USDA Memorandum on P-EBT
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.
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
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.
For those of you who have some funds, but are home-bound, here are some resources you can use to get meals or groceries delivered to you.
Instacart - Get groceries delivered to you from some of the major grocery stores in the area.