ABB seeks to radically love our neighbors, just like Jesus did. We strive to address physical and spiritual poverty in Northern Virginia. People in Northern Virginia are very busy. Sometimes we are too busy to see the needs in our midst. ABB seeks to raise visibility of hidden needs and give hope to those struggling.
We provide hungry people food, assist neighbors in need afford their housing, and teach life skills to help individuals succeed at home, in school and on the job.
To do this, we run the second largest food pantry in Arlington, open three weekdays, with deliveries on the weekend. We provide rental and housing assistance, and we teach life skills.
We do not believe temporary assistance to help people is successful without addressing all the needs of a person. That is why we provide a Care Coordinator to assess both physical and spiritual challenges to direct people to faith communities where they can develop their faith.
Others help fill the gaps. We have a network of bridges to other organizations and government entities to fill them, including churches in the communities where our neighbors live, work, and play.
It’s tough work, but we’ve found ignoring the needs doesn’t make them go away, it further divides us. Meeting the challenges head on unites us. It’s an adventure we need help doing!
Because of the radical good news of what Jesus Christ has done for us in His death and resurrection, we go, we love, and we serve in His name. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 1:16-17)
Ending Food Insecurity
Almost 17,000 people in Arlington are food insecure. Our food ministry seeks to end this challenge through culturally appropriate resources and healthy meals. We serve 14,000 people every year, providing almost 80,000 pounds of meat, produce and other food.
Our pantry is the only one in Arlington that is open 3 weekdays (Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) and that shares the hope we have in Jesus. We strive to take a more holistic approach in working with our neighbors in understanding their needs, praying with them, and guiding them to other county and church resources.
ABB is a leader in Arlington County’s Food Security Task Force and is working hand in hand with other organizations to eliminate food insecurities in our neighborhoods.
Every Friday we host Coffee and Conversation at Arlington Mill Community Center. We teach on immigration, refugee status, the Bible, job and interviewing skills, foreign affairs and the love we hold for our neighbors. After teaching, we engage in conversation to help people learn English and practice their language skills.
Do you have a passion to teach or share your experience and knowledge? Please fill out this form on our volunteer page.
ABB is a Christian non-profit that seeks to mobilize, connect, and empower others in the community to address physical and spiritual poverty in Northern Virginia. They serve to meet basic needs through a food pantry, benevolent rent assistance and other support programs. Their ultimate goal is to strengthen and empower people offering life skills/ ESL classes, Bible studies and other services in conjunction with local churches.
This year has been more about GATHERING, CONNECTING, MOBILIZING and EMPOWERING as we collaborate and network with more organizations and like-minded businesses and individuals concerned for the welfare of our immigrant neighbors. We serve to meet their basic needs serving over 400 families a month through our food pantry, giving away over 300 backpacks annually to school-age children, handing out holiday gift bags with small winter accessories and gift cards and providing benevolent support for rent as needed. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen people both spiritually and economically offering classes such as life skills/ESL and Bible studies and other specialized services, working in conjunction with local churches.