Changes to APS free breakfast and lunch service for the 2022-2023 School Year:

Meals Update for Summer and SY 2022-23: We have been fortunate to provide universal free meals this school year as an extension of the USDA’s COVID-19 waivers. Those waivers are set to expire June 30, meaning that meals will no longer be automatically served at no cost to all students beginning with Summer School and the 2022-23 school year. Additional information regarding meal prices will be shared with families as soon as it is available. In the meantime:

  • APS encourages all families who believe they may be eligible for free and reduced meal benefits for the 2022-23 School Year to apply online in August for the new school year. Students attending summer school can still apply online until June 30.
  • If your student is attending summer school at Washington-Liberty, Dorothy Hamm, Escuela Key, Jamestown, or Abingdon, you must have a current application on file by June 30 to receive meal benefits in summer school.
  • Students attending Barcroft, Drew, Carlin Springs, Randolph, and Barrett are the exception to this because these schools qualify for community eligibility provision.

Map for free food resources in Arlington: Covid19 – Food Resources

Free groceries: To receive information on where to obtain food, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.

Monday-Friday: Arlington Food Assistance Center, 2708 S. Nelson St., Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m, Thursday 6:00-7:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00-11:00 am.. You may pick up food once a week. You must have an AFAC Client Card, which you get through a referral. To get a referral: Call the Arlington Department of Human Services at 703-228-1300. Bring a photo ID with you to pick up food. You may pick up food one time only without a client card, if you bring a photo ID and proof you live in Arlington. AFAC will not share your information with anyone. If the weather is bad, check before you go.

Tuesday: St. Charles Borromeo, 3304 Washington Blvd., 10 a.m. – noon or until food runs out. No referral needed.

Wednesday: Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2700 S. 19th St., 9:30-11 a.m. or until food runs out. No referral needed.

Thursday (Only 1st, 2nd, 3rd of the month): Salvation Army, 518 S. Glebe Rd., 9:30-11:15 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Saturday: AFAC distribution (requires referral) at 1) Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., 8:30-10:30 a.m., for families in North Arlington; 2) 2708 S. Nelson St., 9-11 a.m. First come, first served. Referral needed.

Additional Monthly Options:

Capital Area Food Bank: 4th Sat. at Arlington Mill, 3rd Thurs at The Women’s Center, 3rd Saturday at Mt. Olive Church

Additional Daily Option:

  • Assembly of God dinners – Mon-Fri: 5-6:30pm

Additional AFAC options:

  • S. Nelson St: Mon-Fri 9:30am-1pm
  • S. Nelson St: Sat 9-11am
  • S. Nelson St: Tues & Thurs 6-7pm
  • Gates of Ballston: Fridays 11-2pm
  • Arlington Mill CC: Mondays 9-11am

Food Assistance Resources:

SNAP food benefits: You may be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds for food during the pandemic. Find out at 1-855-635-4370 or; in Spanish