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Food pantries in Arlington County and Alexandria.

Food pantries provide assistance to low income and struggling families in the Arlington County and city of Alexandria. The non-profits that run these centers combine boxes of groceries with other basic needs, such as clothing or free Christmas meals and toys. Many of the centers in Arlington also administer financial aid or government benefits, such as SNAP food stamps or vouchers for WIC.

Some of the charity food banks also operate a Meals on Wheels Service. Other serve free snacks to child during the summer months. Additional resources that may be offered by one of these food banks include congregate meal sites in Arlington as well as seasonal programs, such as school supplies, clothing, or holiday meals. So many assistance programs can be found at food pantries in the region.

Clarendon United Methodist Church
606 North Irving Street
Arlington, Virginia 22201
Telephone number of the food bank - (703)845-8486
The location is also known as the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). The non-profit may have canned goods and perishable foods, staples, baby formula, and more to eligible Arlington families. Applicants need a referral from a government agency or social services.

Arlington Department of Human Services
2100 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
Call (703)228-1350
This government agency can offer referrals to pantries. They also have applications for SNAP food stamps as well as WIC vouchers. Other programs for addressing hunger or homeless include shelter, hot meals, and transitional homes.

Groveton Baptist Church
Address - 6511 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Virginia 22306
Dial (703)768-9084 for hours.




USO of Metropolitan Washington
228 McNair Road,
Ft. Myer, VA 22211
Only provides food, groceries, clothing and other support to military members in Arlington County as well as veterans. The agency also covers Alexandria.

Arlington Center of Salvation Army
518 South Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
Programs include an emergency food banks, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and a thrift store. There is also aid for energy bills, gifts for children at Christmas, and more.

Gunston Community Center
2700 South Lang Street
Arlington, VA 22204

Main Arlington Food Assistance Center
2708 South Nelson Street
Arlington, VA 22206
Main phone - (703)845-8486

Columbia Baptist Church
3245 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
A client choice location known as Spend Yourself Food Pantry. People select items such as rice, soup, breads, and more. It is only what they need and will use.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
Location is 131 South West Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
For information, dial (703)841-8384
Financial aid for living expenses and bills is combined with a free food pantry and soup kitchen. They also operate a Meals on Wheels service for senior citizens in the region, including Alexandra.





Groveton Baptist Church
6511 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Virginia 22306

Food for Others of Arlington County
Main phone (703)207-9173
The non-profit covers the region, and offer public aid such as free USDA commodities from Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Referrals are needed.

American Red Cross National Capital Region
8550 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Supports people with hot meals, drinks, clothing, and more in a disaster.

Salvation Army Alexandria Corps
107 East Bellefonte Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
A food pantry and low cost clothing bank are on site. There may also be vouchers for a grocery store, and they also provide Angel Tree Christmas toys for children and meals.

Grace Episcopal Church
3601 Russell Road
Alexandria, VA 22305
Dial (703)549-1980




ALIVE!, ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically
Address is 2723 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
The church has fresh produce, groceries, milk and staple foods. Up to 5 days of goods are passed out once a month to working poor families. Department of Agriculture income levels are in place, and all households in Alexandra that are currently receiving SSI, SNAP  Food Stamps or Medicaid can use the pantry.

If a food pantry is not near a family, or if they need other resources, call 202.526.5344. Families can be referred to additional food pantries that can help in an emergency or government programs such as food stamp intake sites in the Alexandria and Arlington County region.


By Jon McNamara

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