Alexandria’s First Ever City-Wide Food Drive Starts July 4th

The 16 collection sites for Volunteer Alexandria’s July City-Wide Canned Food Drive have been set including ALIVE! member congregations Fairlington Presbyterian Church and Sixteenth Tabernacle Beth-El. With your help we can reach our goal of collecting 30,000 pounds of food and providing meals to our neighbors in need.

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

If you’d like to help spread the word you can download the promotional flyer here and view the list of all 16 collection locations at

Final Reminder – Submit Responses for the ALIVE! Congregational Survey
Please take a moment to send in your responses to the ten question Congregational Representative Survey before June 30th.

We want to hear from you, and this information is an important way for ALIVE! to learn about your congregations interests and will help us plan for the rest of the year.

Alexandria West Planning Community Meeting June 28th

Planning for the future of Alexandria West is still underway, and there is still time to give your input. Bring your thoughts to the City of Alexandria’s next community meeting on June 28 meeting at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School (1701 N Beauregard St).

The location is easily accessible via the free DASH Bus Route 35. Food, childcare, and language interpretation in Spanish and Amharic will be available. The Open House at 6:30pm will be an opportunity to meet property owners of future potential redevelopment sites. The meeting beginning at 7:00 pm will include an update on draft plan objectives, a city staff presentation on transportation existing conditions, an overview of the potential redevelopment sites in the area, and opportunity for questions.

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Help Needed- Furniture Delivery with ALIVE!
We had a busy Saturday! Nearly 100 volunteers helped to hand out free groceries during ALIVE!’s Last Saturday food distributions and we had a group of 6 volunteers pick up donated furniture and deliver these items to three Alexandria families in need.

Special thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Alfred Street Baptist Church, the Church of Saint Clement, Good Shepard Lutheran, Christ Church, UUCA, Grace Episcopal, Trinity United Methodist, OPMH, and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church for scheduling an upcoming Saturday or for already delivering furniture this year!

Is there an upcoming Saturday when you’d like to bring members of your congregation to lend a hand? Just let us know and we will match you with community volunteers to complete the team. Our goal is to have at least four volunteers every Saturday, so to get started contact or register through the link below.

July Food Assistance Distribution Schedule

Last Saturday Food Distributions
ALIVE! distributes free bags of groceries (produce, chicken, eggs, bread) at three locations one Saturday per month. Proof of Alexandria City residency may be requested.

Saturday, July 29 from 8:30am – 10:30am
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 food assistance in specific neighborhoods throughout the month with help from our community partners. Proof of Alexandria City residency may be requested.

Thursday, July 13 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm (Volunteers Needed)
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

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

Friday, July 21 from 10:30 am – 12 pm
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)

Saturday, July 22 from 8 am – 10 am
Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St)

Saturday, July 22 from 10 am – 12 pm
UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron St)

ALIVE! Food Hubs
The ALIVE! Food Hubs offer Alexandria City residents food assistance, personal items, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and connections to support services. Proof of Alexandria City residency may be requested.

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

Del Ray Food Hub (2601 Mount Vernon Ave)
Tuesdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Wednesdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Thursdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Saturdays 10am – 2pm

Free Vision Screening and Eye Exam- July 22nd

There will be a free Vision Screening and Eye Exam event at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St) on Saturday, July 22 from 10 am to 2 pm. This event is sponsored in part by ALIVE! member congregation St Joseph’s Catholic Church and offers free vision screens, eye exams, and eyes glasses.

ACPS Youth Summer Meals Program
The Alexandria City Public School Youth meal program started on June 26th and is open to all students and children under the age of 18. Please spread the word to youth looking for a hot meal Monday through Thursday at five different ACPS sites. This program runs through July 30th.

Senior Cool Care Program

Aging & Adult Services’ Senior Cool Care Program provides assistance for seniors ages 60 years or older who need cooling in their homes. To be eligible, a household must contain at least one vulnerable individual who is age 60 or over, is living with a disability, or is under age 6. The program runs until Oct 31st.

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