Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Congregational Food Drive & Reusable Bag Collection

Disposable plastic bags all too often end up in our waterways and are a danger to wildlife. That’s why ALIVE! is joining the city-wide goal of encouraging the use of reusable bags, and we need your help!

ALIVE! is thankful to the congregations participating in our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Congregational Food Drive & Reusable Bag Collection! Anyone may bring nonperishable goods and reusable bags to these sites during the collection times listed below from January 14th – 17th. We will gratefully accept the food, reusable bags, or both!

Collection Locations:

Immanuel Church on the Hill
3606 Seminary Rd, Alexandria VA 22304
Friday, January 14 through Sunday, January 16 9am-5pm.
Look for the ALIVE! truck in parking lot facing Seminary Road.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
100 W Luray Ave Alexandria, VA 22301
Saturday, January 15 from 10am-Noon
Contact free drive up available and help to unload cars. Call 202-297-6220 for assistance.

Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Dr, Alexandria, VA 22302
Monday, January 17 from 11am-3pm
Drop off will be in our front parking lot in collection bin.

First Christian Church
2723 King St, Alexandria VA 22302
Friday, January 14 5pm-7pm
Saturday and Sunday Noon-2pm
Bring donations to fellowship hall accessible from the parking lot behind the church.

Episcopal Church of Saint Clement
1701 N Quaker Lane, Alexandria VA 22302
Friday, January 14 through Sunday, January 16 11am-3pm

Donations will be weighed-in so that we can see how many pounds each congregation contributes and how much we raise together. Please contact, Program Operations Director, John Shockley at for more information.

ALIVE! Information & News

ALIVE! Board Meeting

The next ALIVE! Board Meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, February 1st at 7pm. Please check your email for details and a zoom link.

In Search of a Snowblower

ALIVE! is currently looking for a donation of new or gently used snowblower to help clear program sites during inclement weather conditions this Winter. Please contact or call the ALIVE! office at (703) 837-9300 if you would be interested in donating to this effort.

Alexandria Country Day School food drive

Ms. Lynne Godek will be leading a group of 7th grade volunteers from Alexandria Country Day School for the school’s monthly food drive.

January 22nd
10am – Noon
Giant at Potomac Yards
621 East Glebe Road, Alexandria, VA 22305


Join the ALIVE! volunteer team and help support those struggling from food insecurity and homelessness in Alexandria. Volunteers with ALIVE! help distribute food to thousands of residents every month.

Learn more and sign up at:

Volunteer T-Shirts

ALIVE! now has T-shirts available for volunteers! To cover costs T-shirts are $10 for Small- Extra Large and $12 for XXL.

If you would like a t-shirt please contact:

Food Distribution Schedule
Click the hyperlink below for the January ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar. The calendar is subject to change.

ALIVE! strives to provide nutritious foods through direct distribution to our clients and by supporting Alexandria’s food pantries, meal kitchens, public schools, recreation centers, and other community partners.

To get a PDF of the entire month’s calendar of ALIVE! food distributions click the hyperlink below. Calendar subject to change.

ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar (JANUARY 2022)

Weekend Food Distribution:
ALIVE! distributes bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) at 3 sites one Saturday per month in the parking lot at each site. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required.

Saturday, January 29 from 8:30AM – 10:30AM

  • Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
  • NVCC Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 500 Dawes Ave)


  • Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
  • William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Pop-Up Food Distributions:

ALIVE! 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.

Thursday, January 13 from 4:30PM – 6:00PM
William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Saturday, January 15 from 10:00AM – Noon
Uncut Youth Pop Up (1501 Cameron St)

Saturday, January 15 from 8:00AM – 10:00AM
Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St)

Thursday, January 20 from 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Francis C. Hammond Middle School (4646 Seminary Rd)

Friday, January 21 from 10:30AM – Noon
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)