Food Assistance

If you need help getting food, call 703-228-1300.

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Food Pantries

Can't afford all of the groceries your family needs? Food pantries distribute free food that can help you stretch your budget. Check this map to find a food pantry near you. The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) provides milk, eggs, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables and more each week. Call 703-228-1300 or talk to your child's school social worker to get a referral to AFAC.

This flyer lists all food pantries in Arlington open to all including AFAC, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Salvation Army, and Arlington Bridge Builders. 

Kids & Families

Arlington Public Schools offers free breakfast and lunch to all students. Several schools offer afterschool snacks as a part of their afterschool programming. Families can complete the free meals application to get a qualification letter that provides discounts for other services. Apply on MySchoolApps. Talk to your child's school social worker for connections to other resources.

Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) provides nutrition support to expecting and new moms, babies and children under age 5. WIC peer counselors give support to breastfeeding moms and WIC provides baby formula to those not breastfeeding.

Older Adults

The DHS Aging and Disability Services Resource Center can provide information and get you signed up for any of the resources listed below. Call 703-228-1700.

The Social 60+ Cafe offers free lunch and socialization for Arlingtonians over age 60 regardless of income. Locations available at Langston-Brown and Arlington Mill Community Centers. Call 703-228-4747 to register.

The Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program provides $45 of coupons to spend at the Farmer's Market each year (June - November) for those with low incomes. Apply here or call 703-228-1700 for more information.

Meals on Wheels provides meals to seniors who are unable to prepare their own food. Call 703-228-1700 for more information.

The Senior Brown Bag Program with Capital Area Food Bank offers a monthly bag of food to seniors living at The Shelton, Harvey Hall, Hunter's Park, Colonial Village West, and Lockwood Elmwood House Apartments. Contact the resident services coordinator to enroll.

Arlington Neighborhood Village supports seniors in completing tasks including grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions. Call 703-509-8057 to learn more. 

Meals

Assembly of God Church serves dinner Monday through Friday from 5 - 6:30pm and is located at 4501 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington, VA 22204.

Christ House in Alexandria serves dinner daily. Those interested should arrive between 4:30 and 5:30pm to receive a meal. Christ House is located at 131 S West St., Alexandria, VA  22314.

Stretching your Money

Double your money when you use SNAP at Farmer's Markets.

SHARE Food Network provides a value package of produce and meats for $22 each month with a retail value of $45. Order your package through Macedonia Baptist Church at 703-521-7663 or Lomax AME Zion Church at 703-979-3738 and pick up monthly in Green Valley.

FreshFarm is offering a weekly bag of produce for $8 for those who pay using SNAP or WIC. Pick up weekly at the Courthouse Farmer's Market.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers classes about financial management, cooking demonstrations, healthy eating on a budget, and growing your own food. 

Apply

Virginia's CommonHelp website allows you to apply for SNAP, TANF, health coverage, child care assistance, and other benefits online. You can also call the Virginia Department of Social Services Call Center at 855-635-4370 to apply over the phone.

Use this SNAP Calculator to see if you may be eligible to receive SNAP (food stamps).

Virginia's WIC application is online and includes a screening to see if you're eligible.  You can call 703-228-1260 for more information.

DHS offers in-person application assistance at the Human Services Center, 2100 Washington Blvd. Call 703-228-1300 to set up an appointment.

Health & Nutrition

Eat Smart Move More gives tips for making healthy choices, including recipes.

MyPlate helps you plan meals to give your body the nutrients it needs.

Food Security Task Force

The Food Security Task Force is a group of community stakeholders working together to improve the food security system and infrastructure in Arlington. The group is working together for 12-18 months to develop a food security strategic plan that will address many of the challenges that families face in accessing the food assistance they need.

Visit the Food Security Task Force's webpage for information about food security news, data, and more information.

PSA: Food, Housing & Financial Assistance

 

Are you having a hard time paying your rent or utilities or making ends meet? Do you need assistance getting food for you and your family? Arlington County can help.


¿Tiene dificultades actualmente para pagar su alquiler o sus gastos, o para hacer que el dinero llegue a fin de mes? ¿Necesita asistencia para obtener alimentos para usted y su familia? ¡Si es un residente de Arlington, estamos aquí para ayudarle!


Та түрээс юмуу хэрэглээний төлбөр эсвэл төлбөрийн эцсийн хугацаанд төлөлт хийх хэцүү цаг үеийг туулж байна уу? Та өөртөө болон гэр бүлдээ авах хоол хүнсний тусламж авах хэрэгтэй байна уу? Хэрвээ та Арлингтоны оршин суугч бол бид эндээс танд туслах болно!


የቤት ኪራይዎን ወይም የግልጋሎት ክፍያን ለመክፈል ወይም ነገሮችን ለማብቃቃት ከባድ ችግር እያጋጠመዎት ነው? ለእርስዎ እና ለቤተሰብዎ ምግብ ለማግኘት እርዳታ ይፈልጋሉ? የአርሊንግተን ነዋሪ ከሆኑ ልናግዝዎት አለን!


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