We did it! Thank You For Supporting the July Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal of collecting 30,000 pounds of canned goods and cooking oil during Volunteer Alexandria’s July Food Drive. Together we collected 33,511 pounds and more is on the way to the ALIVE! Warehouse.

Though the food drive was a success, the need for food assistance doesn’t end. ALIVE! provides basic groceries to roughly 12,000 to 15,000 people each month, and seeks contributions throughout the year to help fight poverty and hunger in the City of Alexandria.

ALIVE! collects food donations at the ALIVE! Food Warehouse (801 South Payne St) on:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9am – 4pm
Thursdays 9am – 7pm
Saturdays 9am – 12pm

To learn more about donating food, furniture, and household items visit our donations page.

Special thanks Volunteer Alexandria for coordinating this huge food drive and to our sponsors: Ting Internet, Fitness Together, Passport Auto Group, and the Alexandria Rotary Club.

The July Last Saturday Food Distributions

Thank you to the nearly 100 volunteers who helped to distribute food at the July Last Saturday events! Your work is vital to ensuring that ALIVE! is able to provide our neighbors in need with basic grocery items like eggs, bread, chicken, and fresh produce. From bagging carrots and cauliflower to driving the delivery trucks to supply each location.

Special shout out to two groups that joined us on Saturday. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria brought pet food, toys, and information about pet clinics to share at the food distributions. You can learn about the Community Pet Pantry and other resources they offer here 

ALIVE! member congregation Alfred Street Baptist Church brought sandwiches and bagged lunches to Cora Kelly Elementary School and William Ramsay Rec Center for our neighbors in need.

Reserve Your Shift to Distribute Food on August 26th

We have volunteer shifts open for all three locations for the August 26th Last Saturday distributions. Sign up through our website’s volunteer scheduling tool to select your next shift. These activities start at 7:15am and we generally wrap up around 11:30 am. Children ages 15-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Spanish, Dari, and Pashto language skills are needed at all locations. Click here to login and reserve your next shift.

Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
11 Food Distributors
6 Translators

Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 5000 Dawes Ave)
8 Food Distributors
5 Traffic Marshals
8 Translators

William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)
9 Food Distributors
7 Translators

Truck Drivers (Meeting at 801 South Payne St)
4 Drivers- Available for anyone 21+ with a valid drivers license. Commercial license is not required.

ALIVE!’s Furniture Volunteers are on the Move!

In addition to the huge team of volunteers working at the grocery distribution, we had a team driving an ALIVE! truck to collect furniture and bring these items to families in need. Thank you!

Donors submit a form online with information about items they’d like us to pickup, and social workers send requests for the specific items that their clients need. Often times, the families we deliver furniture to are coming out of a shelter or are newly arrived refugee families in our community.

Without a team of volunteers to load and unload the truck each Saturday we wouldn’t be able to connect these donations with families in need. If you are interested in signing up to help follow the link below.

Special request! Are you interested in helping out behind the scenes of the Furniture Program? We are looking for detail oriented Furniture Schedulers to build the routes for the furniture volunteers. There’s no lifting required, and if you are someone who enjoys working with spreadsheets and calling to confirm pickup/drop off times this could be the role for you. Training is provided and the time commitment would be 3-4 hours during the week (virtual). Contact volunteermg@alive-inc.org to express interest in learning more.

Volunteer at the Del Ray or West End Food Hub
We are seeing a larger number of clients choosing to visit our Food Hubs to pick up the grocery items they need. If you are interested in helping clients select specific items in a mini-grocery store like environment sign up below.

This is a great activity if you are looking for regular week day volunteer hours, speak languages other than English, want to help re-stock shelves, or are just are excited about helping people find food and other support resources.

Del Ray Food Hub Volunteer (2601 Mt. Vernon Ave)
Tuesdays – Thursdays
11am – 12pm | 12pm – 2:30pm | 2pm – 4:30pm | 4:30pm – 6pm | 5pm – 6pm

9:45am – 2pm

West End Food Hub Volunteer (510-F S. Van Dorn St)
Tuesdays – Thursdays
10am – 12pm | 11am – 2pm | 2pm – 4pm | 4pm – 6pm | 5pm – 6pm

9:45am – 2pm

These shifts fill up quickly so please visit our online volunteer scheduling tool to reserve your shift and view what dates and times are available.

Bus Barn Shout Out! Breaks With Impact

Thank you to our friends at Volunteer Alexandria for organizing a team of volunteers through the Breaks With Impact program. to pack bags of shelf stable items for upcoming distributions and for organizing the Bus Barn.
Breaks with Impact is a program for youth that is focused on community engagement. Participants learn more about social issues facing Alexandrians and how nonprofits address these issues, earning direct service hours and service learning hours.

Let us know if you are interested in sorting donated food and packing bags of groceries for our upcoming distribution events. This is a good activity for groups of 4-10 people. Children ages 15-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesdays – Thursdays: 9am – 12pm | 1pm – 3pm
Meeting at 116 S. Quaker Ln
Scheduling varies as needed, so contact volunteermg@alive-inc.org to inquire about the next shift.

Warehouse Volunteers
Assist with accepting deliveries, sorting food, bagging, vegetable gleaning, shelves re-stocking, organizing, and administrative assistance if needed.
Mondays: 9 am – 12 pm
Tuesdays: 10 am – 2 pm | 12 pm – 4 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am – 2 pm
Thursdays: 10 am – 2 pm | 12 pm – 4 pm
Fridays: 10 am – 2 pm
Saturdays: 9 am – 12 pm | 11 am – 2 pm
Meeting at 801 S. Payne St

ALIVE! is Hiring! Food Program Warehouse Coordinator
Are you someone who is passionate about alleviating food insecurity, detail oriented, and who thrives in fast paced work environments? ALIVE! is looking for a new Food Warehouse Coordinator to manage the day-to-day operations of the warehouse on South Payne Street. Duties include: tracking inventory, communicating purchasing needs, managing on-site volunteers, receiving donations, and ensuring that food and equipment are prepared for delivery and distribution events.

Mark Your Calendar for StepALIVE! on October 15th

The 42nd annual StepALIVE! walkathon benefiting ALIVE! will be held on Sunday, October 15th from 1pm-4:30pm. This fundraising event helps to support the work of ALIVE! in providing basic needs to Alexandrians experiencing poverty and hunger.

You can join other supporters in an outdoor kickoff, take a 5 mile or 5k walk through Old Town and back, and celebrate with an outdoor post-walk party. Learn more registering yourself, creating a team, and sponsorship opportunities at stepalive.org