Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP)
Many Arlington households are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The entire household does not need to meet eligibility requirements to receive benefits.
Effective March 25, 2020, the state will increase a household’s current monthly allotment to the maximum allowed for its size. For example, that is $194 for a single-person household in Virginia, $646 for a four-person household and $1,164 for an eight-person household. Learn more, and apply online with CommonHelp.
Arlington Public Schools Free Lunch/Breakfasts
Arlington Public Schools is now serving meals free meals for all children 18 and under, at 22 school locations and 7 drop-off locations throughout Arlington. Families are encouraged to pick up meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the school most convenient and closest to them. On Monday and Wednesday meal pickup will include breakfast and lunch for the following day, Tuesday and Thursday, as well.
Please note that hot meals are currently only being served at the school meal sites. The meal delivery bus drop-off locations are only serving cold meals.
School Meal Sites
There are currently 22 school locations to better serve families during the school year. Families can choose to pick up meals at the location closest to them.
Arlington Food Assistance Center
The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) provides free weekly supplemental groceries to Arlington residents in need. AFAC will continue to provide free weekly groceries to Arlingtonians in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, and distributions will continue at its Shirlington headquarters (2708 South Nelson Street).
- USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services’ Response to COVID-19
- Social 60+ Cafe: Seniors participants from Arlington’s Social 60+ Cafe (previously the Congregate Meal Program) are receiving delivered meals while community centers are closed.
- For those of you who have some funds, but are home-bound, Instacart is a service that gets groceries delivered to you from some of the major grocery stores in the area.
- Meals on Wheels
- Need help finding meal sites for children?
- No Kid Hungry’s text message line is live in Virginia. Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 to find free meal sites near you for kids and teens 18 years old and younger.
- Community Resources (Additions to this list? Email us)
- Gaijin Ramen Shop (3800 Lee Highway) is offering delivery of free vegetable ramen soup to seniors
- Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe (672 N. Glebe Road) is offering free meals to school-aged kids and free delivery for seniors
- Good Stuff Eatery (2110 Crystal Drive) is offering free meals to students between 5 and 17
- Jaleo Crystal City (2250-A Crystal Drive) is offering free meals to students
- Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta (5555 Lee Highway) is also offering free cheese pizzas and fresh salads to those most affected by the school closings and job cutbacks.
- Medium Rare (3601 N. Fairfax Dr) is delivering free meals to vulnerable seniors in the D.C. area.
- Meridian Pint (6035 Wilson Blvd) is offering a free kids meal with every adult entree purchased
- Real Food for Kids – Bayou Bakery (1515 N Courthouse Rd) is offering free lunches for kids and their families – no questions asked
- St. Charles Church (3304 Washington Blvd) is providing non-perishable food to those who are homeless or live on limited incomes.
- We the Pizza is offering free slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza or four wings and a side salad to kids under 15
Arlington County’s Department of Human Services assists low income Arlington residents who cannot meet their basic needs and is expanding supports to households affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Types of services provided include: Assistance with financial difficulty in paying rent, utilities, obtaining food, medical care, prescription medication, dental needs, transportation, eyeglasses and clothing. Learn more.
If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to COVID-19, visit the Virginia Employment Commission to see if you are eligible for unemployment insurance, or call 866-832-2363, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (online applications are preferred).
Additional information: General Unemployment Information on Claims related to layoff March 2020
Beginning with claims effective March 15, 2020, Governor Northam has directed that the one week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
The Arlington Employment Center is operating at limited capacity to ensure social distancing due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). All workshops, hiring events, and access to the Resource Center/Computer Lab is suspended at this time.
The Employment Center’s virtual services are fully operational:
- Virginia has suspended co-pays for any Medicaid or FAMIS covered services.
- Evictions have been suspended
- The Arlington Community Foundation is focusing its Prompt Response Fund exclusively on support to nonprofit organizations who are on the front lines with clients, patients, and residents impacted by the health crisis. Donate here
- Virginia Department of Social Service updates and resources
- County Board letter requests landlords to have maximum flexibility
- Dominion Power will not shut off power for nonpayment, and will reconnect customers whose services were shut off
- Washington Gas will be temporarily suspending customer disconnections and waiving late fees
- AT&T is waiving wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text
- Comcast is offering 2 free months of Internet Essentials, offering free access to Wifi hotspots, suspending disconnects, waiving late fees, and pausing their data plan
- Verizon is waiving late fees, suspending terminations, and offering low cost alternatives to customers
- T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to existing customers for the next 60 days
Renew your Medicaid by phone: 855-242-8282
Have you been impacted by COVID-19? Get help and resources.
If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor or health care provider, and they can order a test. Health care providers are using their medical judgement to order tests for COVID-19. More information on COVID-19 testing.