Congregational Connection

Join us for the Grand Opening Ceremony for ALIVE!’s New Food Hub

ALIVE! is excited to announce the Grand Opening of our second Food Hub on April 12th at 2601 Mount Vernon Ave. This new ALIVE! Food Hub is across from Mt. Vernon Community School and will offer residents of the City of Alexandria: food, personal items, cleaning supplies, school supplies, community, and information about other support services.

All are welcome to help us celebrate and join ALIVE!’s board members, Alexandria City Mayor Justin Wilson, and faith leaders for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

ALIVE! Food Hub Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
April 12th 8:00am – 9:00am
2601 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Opening these Food Hubs will not mean the end of ALIVE!’s traditional methods of distribution. To reach as many food insecure Alexandrians as we can, our monthly food distributions events around Alexandria will continue, as will select neighborhood pop-ups and provision of food to various food pantries.

Early Giving for Spring2ACTion Starts April 12th

Thank you to The Episcopal Church of Saint Clement, and Fairlington United Methodist Church for creating fundraising pages on ALIVE!’s Spring2ACTion campaign.

This year, Spring2ACTion will take place on April 26th with early online giving starting on April 12th. We’ve set and ambitious goal of raising $80,000 to sustain the work we do to provide basic needs for our community.

There’s still plenty of time to create a fundraising page and help us highlight the accomplishments of ALIVE!, so if your congregation would like to hep us spread the word please visit:

Reserve You Congregation‘s Furniture Donation Day

We are opening up the calendar for any congregation that would like to reserve a Saturday to help with ALIVE!’s Furniture Program.

Thank you to all of the congregations who have already pitched in so far including Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Christ Church, Grace Episcopal Church, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and UUCA. Very special thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for agreeing to take the lead on every third Saturday for the rest of the year.

To participate, identify 4-5 volunteers and someone who can drive the ALIVE! truck. Volunteers pick up donated items that are clean and in good condition from Alexandria donors on Saturdays from 8am – 1pm and deliver donated furniture to a family in need that day. ALIVE! will provide you with a detailed schedule for where to pickup items and where to deliver.

If you’d like to be paired up with ALIVE! volunteers during your weekend just let us know and we will start recruiting for additional helpers.

If your congregation would like to reserve a date to join ALIVE!’s Saturday morning furniture program please contact us at

CaringBridge for Gerry Hebert

As many of you are probably aware, Gerry Hebert has been undergoing some unexpected medical issues. We are excited to share that he was well enough to attend services on Easter Sunday! Our thoughts will be with Gerry and his family as he begins six weeks of radiation treatments starting next week.

If you would like to stay updated on his progress, send well wishes, or learn about ways to help, please visit the CaringBridge that his family has created.

ALIVE!’s Food Distribution Schedule

ALIVE! distributes free bags of groceries (produce, chicken, eggs, bread). Please bring reusable bags to food distribution events so that ALIVE! can recycle them for future events. All reusable bags are accepted. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID is required, but some survey information will be requested.

(Updated) April Food Distribution Schedule (PDF)

May Food Distribution Schedule (PDF)

June Food Distribution Schedule (PDF)

Saturday, April 29 from 8:30am – 10:30am
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)

Pop-Up Food Distributions Events
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. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID is required, but some survey information will be requested.


Thursday, April 13 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

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

Saturday, April 15 from 10:00am – Noon
UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron St)

Thursday, April 20 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Hammond Middle School (4646 Seminary Rd)

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


ALIVE! Food Hub
The ALIVE! Food Hub offers residents of the City of Alexandria free food, personal items, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and connections to information about other services. No ID is required, but some survey information will be requested.

West End Food Hub (510-F South Van Dorn Street)
Operating Hours:
Tuesdays 11am – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Wednesdays 11am – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Thursdays 11am – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Saturdays 10am – 2pm

(New Location) ALIVE! Food Hub (2601 Mount Vernon Avenue)
Operating Hours:
Tuesdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Wednesdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Thursdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Saturdays 10am – 2pm

INOVA Blood Drive on Saturday April 15th

There will be an INOVA Blood Drive at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Alexandria, VA (100 West Luray Ave), on Saturday, April 15 from 9am to 1pm.

There is a critical shortage of blood in our community, and every donation has the potential to save the life of up to three patients.

To make an appointment, go to

Volunteer Appreciation Night- April 21st

Every aspect of our work depends on a committed group of volunteers willing to put their values into action. From bagging and sorting food donations, distributing groceries to Alexandrians in need, or delivering furniture, volunteers are at the core of every ALIVE! program.

That’s why we are planning a celebration during National Volunteer Recognition Week for our ALIVE! volunteer teams at Port City Brewing, one of our long-time supporters.

Date: Friday, April 21st
Time: 4pm-7pm
Location: Port City Brewing (3950 Wheeler Ave Alexandria, VA 22304)
This event will include light snacks provided by ALIVE!, a cash bar featuring Port City’s craft beers, and a celebration of our collective efforts!

RSVP by signing up through ALIVE!’s volunteer scheduling tool

Volunteer Alexandria Awards Ceremony- April 20th

Each year, Volunteer Alexandria recognizes the work of volunteers and businesses that support Alexandria’s nonprofit organizations and community. On Thursday, April 20th, Volunteer Alexandria is hosting the Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria awards program and ALIVE! is proud to see some of our familiar faces recognized for their work serving our community!

Gerry Hebert will be one of the recipients of the Joan White grassroots Volunteer Service Award.
Wanda Doughtery is being honored with the RSVP Volunteer Service Award.
The Emergency Preparedness Award will be awarded to ALIVE!’s Last Saturday Site Leaders (Jim Karlson, Jennifer Moustgaard, Joe Harrington).
Joe Blaszkow, with Blaszkow Legal, will be receiving the Business Leader of the Year Award for his contributions to ALIVE!.

Thursday, April 20 from 6pm – 8:30pm
Beth El Hebrew Congregation (3830 Seminary Road)
This is a free event but due to limited space, registration is required.

If you’d like to attend this celebration be sure to RSVP through Volunteer Alexandria’s EventBrite link