The Arlington Food Assistance Center provides supplemental food assistance to Arlington County residents. Read more about our clients and client policies. You can find our most current newsletter here.
With Virginia Tech's Center for Survey Research, AFAC is conducting a phone survey to learn why many of our Arlington neighbors might need some extra help with food and how AFAC might better help them. If you are called by the survey team, we'd appreciate you answering their questions.
Over 65% of the food AFAC distributes is donated to us. Follow the link above to learn more about organizing a food drive for AFAC.
MYTH: There is no hunger in Arlington.
FACT: Hunger IS a problem in Arlington.
The high cost of living here means many families simply cannot make ends meet. Learn More >
AFAC's PAH program provides access to nutritious food for clients through donations from local gardeners and farmers and through gleaning. We promote gardening by schools, faith-based organizations, and community organizations. We seek to educate AFAC clients to the ways fresh produce can be incorporated into a healthy diet. Learn More >
Arlington Food Assistance Center Young Professionals is a group of 21-40 year olds in Arlington who raise awareness of hunger in our community and support AFAC's mission through volunteering, social, and networking events.
AFAC's Spring Carnival will surprise and delight you at every turn with daring boardwalk performers, delectable carnival treats, and captivating entertainments.
An illusionist, caricature artist, and circus troupe are among the night's many enchantments. Join us for an evening filled with vintage Coney Island flair--all to help feed our neighbors in need.
With a one-of-a-kind event, you can be sure to find one-of-a-kind auctions items to bid on. We will have:
Tickets to the Nutcracker and a backstage tour of the Washington Ballet
A fighter pilot experience
An in-home whiskey tasting
Art made by orangutans from the National Zoo
A District Taco truck party
...and much more.
Come one, come all--step right up for this extraordinary adventure!
Purchase your tickets today.
Thanks to PBS Headquarters for collecting reusable bags for an Earth Day project and donating them to AFAC.
Farmers Markets have started! Thank you to farmers from Ballston Farmers Market, Columbia Pike Farmers Market, Crystal City Farmers Market, and Westover Farmers Market for donating surplus produce to AFAC. Thank you also to Susan Howell for donating tomato plants, Aidan Redmond for radishes, and Episcopal High School for lettuce, which are given to our clients!
Many thanks to the Marines from Henderson Hall who helped expand the Plot Against Hunger at Arlington Central Library. Read about their help on Central Library's blog.
Thank you to all the volunteers who spent last Sunday building a fence at Central Library! The fence will help keep two-legged creatures off the tennis court garden berm. Learn more on volunteer Lisa Crye's blog.
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped leaflet various Arlington neighborhoods about the Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Thank you to the Kiwanis who spent Wednesday afternoon bagging peppers for AFAC's clients.
Thanks to Kenmore Middle School's consumer science classes participating in the Ritz-Carlton's "Succeed Through Service" program for collecting 900 lbs of food donations for AFAC.
Thank you to the many businesses, churches, organizations, schools, and individuals who have held food drives for AFAC over the last week:
Arlington Central Library, Arlington Church of the Brethren, Daisy Troop #1049, First Presbyterian Church, Kenmore Elementary School (900 lbs), Kinder Haus Toys, Girl Scout Troop #3421, #3951, and #5838, Nottingham Elementary School, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Red Cross, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Rock Spring Church, St. Ann's Catholic Church, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Strength Mind Body, and Trinity Presbyterian Church.
In September 2012, AFAC formed a committee to pursue a new logo and look. We hired DesignPowers of Arlington to create the new logo, branding and website design concepts. DesignTLC, also of Arlington, is designing and building our new site. We are very thankful for their support of AFAC and for their creativity in developing a new organizational identity that moves AFAC forward.
Our goal was to have a logo that incorporated the basics of our name, our mission of "feeding our neighbors in need," and the years of service AFAC has given the community (since 1988). We believe the new logo portrays the variety of foods we provide, with an emphasis on the healthy and nutritious menu we offer our families, and identifies us in a fresh and vibrant manner.
Thank you for your continued support of AFAC as we roll out our new logo in the coming months with new brochures, signage out front, and on our vehicles, along with a more engaging, user-friendly and informative website.
Taste of Arlington celebrates our areas finest food, drink and culture.
AFAC is this year's charity beneficiary. Hope to see you there!