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Visiting the Library? Bring a Food Donation for AFAC!

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The Arlington Food Assistance Center, or AFAC, experiences the highest number of family visits to its food pantry during the months of November and December. 

So we encourage you to contribute to their Holiday Food Drive when you visit the Library this month, especially if you plan to stop in on Election Day.

We also invite you stop in Central Library any time this month to see their lobby exhibit, “Waste Not, Want Not: Think Before You Toss.


These Library locations have food donation bins:


AFAC accepts most unopened, unexpired, and unprepared foods, including perishable items, and is most in need of the following Heart Healthy items:

  • Low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, & sauce)
  • Low sodium canned tuna
  • Low sodium canned beans
  • Low sodium canned soup
  • Low sugar cereal
  • Cooking oil in plastic bottles


The Library partners regularly with AFAC on garden and education programs. Learn more about the Arlington Food Assistance Center.


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  1. Tom Campbell says:

    I have what may be a weird question. Many years ago i was homeless in arlington va. and outside the quincy street library they used to feed homeless people twice a day i believe it was. Do you know if they still do that ?

    • Web Editor says:

      Hi Tom,

      A-SPAN, the Arlington organization that does a daily Bagged Meal Program, has two distribution points: Monday – Wednesday at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Oakland St, and Thursday – Sunday at Oakland Park, at 6 p.m.

      St. George’s Church, and Oakland Park, are a few blocks from Central Library, closer to the Virginia Square metro station.

      You can read more about the history of their program (and maybe determine whether it’s the same program that you remember) on the A-SPAN website.

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