Who Receives Assistance
AFAC currently distributes groceries each week to over 1,600 families. Nearly 40% of the people we serve are children.
Families need a referral to receive food from AFAC. Referrals can come from an Arlington County government agency or one of many local churches, schools or social service agencies. This system ensures that our clients are legitimate, and that all of their needs are being assessed and addressed.
Elderly residents, who often must choose between buying medicine or food.
Families where the "bread winner," if employed, works at a low wage job. They may be taking job training and literacy classes. If they are working toward getting a "Green Card," they are not eligible for food stamps. Child care costs and the cost of rent factor into the decision by a social worker to make the referral.
People who are unemployed because of physical, mental, or emotional disabilities.
Families or individuals who have applied for food stamps or other food assistance and who have not yet started receiving that assistance.
People who are ill or disabled from work and who do not have sick leave with their employer.
People starting a new job after a period of unemployment. They may need food for several weeks to be able to perform well at the new job until they receive their first paycheck.
Homeless children in the Arlington County public school system.
We hope you'll read some of our client stories.