Congregational Connection

Thank you to ALIVE! member congregation Good Shepherd Lutheran Church who helped to build and to care for this herb garden! The oregano, thyme, and mint harvested from this garden will go to the new ALIVE! Food Hub on the West End.

In addition to being an easy and convenient place for food insecure families to pick up free groceries, ALIVE!’s Food Hub is serving as place for our neighbors to connect with community resources. Our service navigators have been helping with eviction prevention resources as well as partnering with the City’s Workforce Development Center on job training and Capital Bikeshare to offer discounted access to transportation.

If you know an organization that would like to partner with the ALIVE! Food Hub or if you’d like to volunteer during the week please let us know.

Have you created your profile in our new volunteer registration system? We’ve recorded the zoom tutorial to walk you through how to set up your account and how to sign up.

Visit our website to watch the video and to get involved today

Thank you to Lisa Groover for organizing this food drive on July 16th!

If you’d like to help transport food donations back to the ALIVE! warehouse or organize your own food drive please let us know by contacting

Fight hunger in Alexandria with every purchase of a Giant Food Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet!
Each time someone purchases the Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the purple hanging tag, $1 will be donated to ALIVE! during the month of July. Visit the Giant Food location at 621 East Glebe Rd to pick one up.

ALIVE!’s Food Distribution Schedule

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.

ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar – July 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.

Reusable Bags:
Please encourage referrals or clients to bring reusable bags to food distribution events so that ALIVE! can recycle them for future events. All reusable bags are accepted.

Saturday, July 30 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, July 14 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Friday, July 15 from 10:30am – Noon
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)

Saturday, July 16 from 8:00am – 10:00am
Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St)

Saturday, July 16 from 10:00am – Noon
UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron St)

ALIVE! Food Hub (510-F South Van Dorn Street)
The ALIVE! Food Hub offers Alexandria residents food, personal items, cleaning supplies, school supplies and 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

ALIVE! Programs and Office Closures

We are looking to restart ALIVE!’s Furniture Program soon! Please let us know if you can provide overflow storage for donated furniture and if you would like to volunteer to pickup items.

Please note that ALIVE! offices and programs will be closed from August 22nd through August 26th for a staff retreat.

Apply to serve on the board of Alexandria City’s Economic Opportunities Commission.

The City of Alexandria is seeking individuals to advise the Office of Community Services on issues surrounding childcare, healthcare, employment, low-income housing, and food insecurity. See more information here and submit your application here.

Save the Date: National Night Out on August 2nd

On the first Tuesday in August, the Alexandria Police Department invites community members, families, residents, and stakeholders to celebrate National Night Out.

Events are hosted by neighbors, community organizations, and local businesses. If you want to host an event please register here before July 22nd.

Signing up provides APD, Alexandria City leadership, and other representatives an opportunity to attend the various events throughout the city. If you would like to include informational flyers on how to volunteers with ALIVE! or information about some of the services ALIVE! provides please let us know.

Before Amazon Prime Day on July 12th and July 13th, please consider turning your next Amazon purchase into a donation to ALIVE! through AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charity every time you shop, at absolutely no additional cost to you. Donate to ALIVE! by visiting, clicking on “Your Account,” and selecting “Change your Charity.”