Alexandria Food Resource Directory
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Formerly known as food stamps, assists individuals and families who are unable to purchase sufficient food for themselves by issuing an electronic benefit (EBT) card to purchase food items.
2525 Mt. Vernon Ave, will move to 4850 Mark Center Dr in early 2023, visit alexandriava.gov/DCHS for updates
SNAP Double Dollar Program
Incentive program that allows SNAP recipients who visit the Old Town, Southern Towers, and Old Town North Farmer’s Markets and other participating markets to receive up to $20 in matching dollars to purchase eligible food products at the market.
Old Town Farmers Market: Market Square: (301 King St) Sat, 7am-12pm year round
- Old Town North Farmers Market: Montgomery Park (901 North Royal St) Thurs, 3pm-7pm, Sun, 10am-2 pm year-round
- Southern Towers Farmers Market: (4901 Seminary Rd) Sat & Sun, 7am-1pm
Division of Aging & Adult Services
Senior Congregate Meals are served at two locations, both centers offer a hot lunch Monday through Friday except for holidays. There is no cost for meals for persons age 60 or older. Must pre-register.
- St. Martins Senior Center (4650 Taney Ave), 703-751-2766, Mon-Fri, 12-1pm
- Charles Houston Senior Center (901 Wythe St), 703-746-5456, Mon-Fri, 12-12:30pm
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
Provides nutritious food benefits, nutrition counseling, promotes breast/chest feeding, and provides breast/chest feeding support to pregnant, postpartum, and breast/chest feeding parents, and for infants and children up to the age of 5 years. WIC also issues free breast pumps to eligible breast/chest feeding parents. All services are by appointment only, any custodial parent may apply for children.
- Main Office: 4480 King Street, 2nd Floor, Mon-Fri, by appointment
- Neighborhood Health: 2 East Glebe Road, Mon-Fri, by appointment
- Casey: 1200 N. Howard Street, Suite 105, Mon-Fri, by appointment
Alexandria City Public Schools Free and Reduced Price Meals
Parents who believe their children may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals should complete the forms and return them to their children’s schools. Only complete one application per family, a new application is required every school year. Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits.
Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school, Families of students attending these CEP schools do not need to complete an application:
- Cora Kelly
- Jefferson Houston PK-8
- Ferdinand T. Day
- John Adams/Early Childhood Center (ECC)
- Francis C. Hammond
- Patrick Henry K-8
- James K. Polk
- William Ramsay
ALIVE! Weekend Food Distribution
5-day supply of fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread, and staple food distribution. No registration needed. Distributions are for Alexandria City Residents and proof of residency may be requested.
703-837-9321 for general information
Dates may change, see most recent schedule at alive-inc.org Last Sat of month, Jan-Oct, 8:30 -11:30am
3rd Sat of month, Nov-Dec, 8:30 -11:30am
- Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
- NVCC Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 5000 Dawes Ave)- No walk-up distribution available
- Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
- William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)
ALIVE! Food Hub
Offers residents of the City of Alexandria food for their family, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, school supplies, connections to information other about services. People can choose what items they would like to take from the food hub, generally meat, produce, dairy, eggs, fresh bread, and shelf stable pantry items are stocked regularly.
510-F South Van Dorn Street
Tues-Thurs, 12-6:00pm Fri-Sat, 10am-1pm
ALIVE! Food Pop-Ups
Provides bags of food to specific neighborhoods and apartment buildings, in collaboration with our community partners, in the parking lot at each pop-up location. Drive-through and walk-up service available depending on site.
Dates may change, see most recent schedule at alive-inc.org
- Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave), 2nd Thursday of the month, 4:30-6pm
- Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave), 2nd Friday of the month, 4:30-6pm
- Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St), 3rd Saturday of the month, 8-10am
- UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron St), 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm
- Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St), 3rd Friday of the month, 10:30am-12pm
Historic Christ Church Lazarus Food Pantry
Provides perishable and non-perishable food (and toiletries once a month). Requires sign-in by name, bring a bag if you can.
703-549-1450, then press 2
118 N. Washington Street Thurs, 9-10am
CCDA St. Lucy Food Pantry at Christ House
Provides perishable and non-perishable foods, including fresh produce, dairy, meat, and traditional staples such as cereal, canned vegetables, rice, and beans. Clients are eligible to receive food once per month.
StLucyProject-CH@ccda.net or firstname.lastname@example.org ccda.net/need-help/food/food-pantries/alexandria-food-pantry
131 S West St
Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry
Provides food staples to low-income families and individuals. 703-549-1980 gracealex.org/service/local-missions/food-ministries
3601 Russell Rd
Tues & Fri, 6:30-7:30pm
West End Food Pantry
Provides perishable and non-perishable foods, receive a prepared amount of food, specific to family size.
5150 Fillmore Ave Monday 5-6:30pm
First Agape Baptist Community of Faith
Seasonal food distribution open to all, bring a bag 703-519-9100
2423 Mt Vernon Ave
2nd Friday each month, 11am-1pm
Christ House Evening Meal
Evening meal for homeless and low-income individuals; dinners are to-go meals and can be picked up every night, in all weather conditions. Guests must arrive by 5:30 p.m. to be assured of receiving a meal, guests who arrive after 5:30 p.m. will receive a meal only if there are leftovers.
131 S West St Daily, 5-5:30pm
Meade Memorial Episcopal Church Food Programs
All food programs take place between 11:30-12:30. No ID required. 703-549-1334
322 N Alfred St
- Bag Lunch Program, Mon-Fri, 11:30am-12:30pm
- Saturday Hot Meal Program, Sat (Oct-April), 12:30pm-1:30pm
Shared breakfast ministry, breakfast open to all.
wsumc.com/engagement/open-table oldtown.cc/get-connected/open-table opmh.org/service-and-justice
- Washington Street United Methodist, Mon & Fri, 6-8am
- Old Town Deli, Tues, 8-10am
- Old Town Community Church, Wed, 6-8am
- Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Thurs, 6-8am
ALIVE! Home Delivery Food Program
3-day supply of groceries delivered to elderly, disabled or single parents with young children who are homebound once/month. Resident must be home at the time of the delivery. Referrals taken from local social service agencies and ALIVE! Congregations. Self-referrals can be made one-time.
Meals on Wheels
Administered by Divisions of Aging & Adult Services and Senior Services of Alexandria. Provides meals to Alexandria seniors who are unable to leave their homes to shop or have difficulty preparing a meal. Two healthy meals a day delivered to their homes, $12 a day.
(703) 836-4414, ext. 112
Delivered daily, mornings-midday
Subsidized meals available through the Division on Aging and Adult Services, call to see if you qualify. 703-746-5999
Senior Services of Alexandria Groceries to Go
Screened volunteers deliver groceries based off the grocery recipient’s personal shopping list. There are no delivery fees, and no minimum order requirements. To be eligible, you must be a resident of the City of Alexandria, be at least 60 years old, and have a debit, credit, or EBT card.
703-836-4414, ext. 112
Year-round, every other week
Mother of Light Center
Deliver food, clothing, and household items to those in need. 703-307-5902
Hunger Free Alexandria
Community-based coalition of food providers, faith-based communities, schools, social service organizations, and advocates for ending hunger, web page lists various types of food providers.
703-662-1067 email@example.com hungerfreealexandria.com
Updated Jan 2023