Congregational Connection

ACPS Weekly Video Updates

In their weekly updates Alexandria City Public Schools and Interim Superintendent Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt has been highlighting the work that ALIVE! does distributing food and other resources for Alexandrians in need. It amazing to have so many community partners raising awareness for our work and connecting Alexandrians with resources.

You can view the full video here

Planned Closures and Winter Holiday Schedule

Upcoming closures and holiday schedule for ALIVE!

Last Saturday Food Distribution events for December will take place on the 3rd Saturday due to upcoming holidays. The December food distribution will take place on 17th.

All ALIVE! offices and programs will be closed on December 23rd and December 24th as well as December 30th, December 31st, and January 2nd.

Volunteers Needed

Each month, more than 220 volunteers pitch in at ALIVE! events packing and sorting food donations, distributing food at pop-ups, assisting clients at the Food Hub, and so much more!

Our organization wouldn’t be able to meet the need in our community without the dedicated service of volunteers every month. If you know someone who is looking for a way to lend a hand and help our neighbors in need please encourage them to sign up online.

We are especially in need of volunteers for our furniture program on Saturdays. Volunteers follow an ALIVE! truck to help pick up and deliver donated furniture. For more information please contact Xiomara at

End of Year Giving
We thank your continued support in the mission of  ALIVE! – please help share our work with your friends and family.

Thousands of Alexandrians still come to us each month needing assistance with food, emergency financial aid, eviction prevention, transitional housing, and basic furniture and housewares. The work that ALIVE! does to alleviate the effects of poverty and hunger is as necessary as it has ever been.

ALIVE!’s continued ability to provide a safety net for struggling Alexandrians is dependent on the generosity of its supporters. We rely on your support to be able to be there for those who reach out to us. Thank you!

Donate to ALIVE!

Alexandria Fund for Human Services Listening Session

Please join us to give your feedback on the Alexandria Fund for Human Services! An online Listening Session will be held on December 15th at 6pm.

Prior to announcing the next round of funding DCHS, along with an AFHS Review Committee, is seeking input and feedback from residents and community partners about the following aspects of the Fund:

  • Purpose
  • Focus Populations
  • Innovation
  • Racial Equity Capacity Building
  • Application/Proposal Approach
  • Funding Priorities/Goals

Please join us to hear what is being proposed going forward and to provide feedback and input on ways that the Fund can have the greatest impact in our community. Details are at:


Carlyle Santa Stampede

Register now for our Santa Stampede Holiday Bar Crawl on December 17th! The $10 registration fee will be donated to ALIVE!. Enjoy festive cocktails at each location, prize giveaways, costume contests & more!

To see more and to register click here

Fund for Alexandria’s Child Holiday Sharing Program

The holidays can be stressful for those experiencing financial and emotional stress. This is especially true for low-income families, older adults and children in foster care. Help support Alexandria residents in need through the Fund for Alexandria’s Child Holiday Sharing Program.

Learn how you can bring holiday cheer and much needed support at

Learn More About the Food Program

ALIVE!’s Food Distribution Schedule

ALIVE! distributes free bags of groceries (produce, chicken, eggs, bread) at three locations one Saturday per month. 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.

Saturday, December 17 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.

Friday, December 16 from 10:30am – Noon
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)

ALIVE! Food Hub
The ALIVE! Food Hub (510-F South Van Dorn Street) offers City of Alexandria residents free:
• food • personal items • cleaning supplies • school supplies • community • connections to information other services

Hours of operation:
Tuesdays Noon – 6:30pm
Wednesdays Noon – 6:30pm
Thursdays Noon – 6:30pm
Fridays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm