ALIVE! Congregational Connection

Telemundo 44 Visits ALIVE!’s New Food Hub to Highlight Food Insecurity

Last week, Telemundo 44 Washington, D.C. visited ALIVE!’s Food Hub in Del Ray (2601 Mt Vernon Ave) during a story about the sustained levels of food insecurity in our region.

ALIVE! Service Navigator Kathy Castro shared how ALIVE! is working to provide free groceries to nearly 5,000 Alexandria families each month through food hubs, our monthly food distributions events around Alexandria, neighborhood pop-ups, and supplying food to local food pantries.

Mother’s Day Diaper Drive- May 1st – May 31st

Thank you to Vice Mayor Amy Jackson & Councilwoman Alyia Gaskins for organizing a Mother’s Day Diaper Drive from May 1st – May 31st! This is a terrific way to help Alexandria families who need diapers, wipes, and other basic baby needs and personal hygiene products.

Donation Drop Off Locations:
Del Pepper Community Center (4850 Mark Center Dr)
ALX Community (201 N. Union St)
Carpenter’s Shelter (930 N. Henry St)
ALIVE! Food Hub (2601 Mt. Vernon Ave)
Del Ray Vintage & Flea Market-May 13 Only- (1900 Mt. Vernon Ave)

The 31st Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive-  May 13

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country’s largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

Simply leave donation of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food banks.

Stamp Out Hunger 2023
Tickets for the High-Octane Ball- May 20th

The High-Octane Ball is an elegant and formal social gathering on May 20th, benefiting ALIVE! and the Campagna Center, designed to highlight the style aspect of the Old Town Festival of Speed & Style. This year the theme is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with a focus on the incredible fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn.
You can see more about purchasing tickets to the High-Octane Ball, and the Old Town Festival of Speed & Style by visiting:

Are you interested in volunteering to staff the ALIVE! table on Sunday, May 21st at Old Town Festival of Speed & Style? Sign up online to join the team.

Alexandria’s Annual Community Cookouts are back!

This is a great opportunity to meet Alexandria’s first responders and community organizations while enjoying free food, giveaways, and learning about support services for youth and families! All cookouts are 6pm-7:30pm.


Are you interested in volunteering to staff the ALIVE! table at one of these neighborhood cookouts? Sign up online and help us distribute information about ALIVE!’s upcoming Food Distributions and other support services ALIVE! provides.

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.

May Food Distribution Schedule (PDF)

June Food Distribution Schedule (PDF)

Saturday, May 27 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, May 11 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Thursday, May 18 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Hammond Middle School (4646 Seminary Rd)

Friday, May 19 from 10:30am – Noon
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)

Saturday, May 20 from 8:00am – 10:00am
Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St)

Saturday, May 20 from 10:00am – Noon
UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron 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

Southern Towers Farmers Market- Grand Opening- May 6th
The Market at Southern Towers is growing! Come celebrate the grand opening next Saturday, May 6th, 8am-1:30pm (5201 Seminary Rd).
SNAP clients will be able to use their SNAP dollars, as well as enjoy the Double Dollar incentive to purchase food at this market, and have a chance to win a $100 Giant gift card just for using their card at the market!
For more information, visit

Alexandria West Planning Meeting- May 8th

Mark your calendars for the next Alexandria West Plan Community Meeting at 7:30pm on Monday, May 8th at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School (1701 N Beauregard St). The meeting will also be held online via Zoom.

The agenda will include community discussion of the draft plan objectives derived from community feedback to date. Food, childcare, and language interpretation will be available.

For zoom meeting information and to learn more visit:

Zoning for Housing Meeting- May 10th

Safe and affordable housing is still a challenge for many Alexandrians due to a lack of supply and because of institutional barriers to equitable access.
Zoning for Housing is a comprehensive proposal of zoning reforms with the goal of expanding housing production and affordability and addressing past and current barriers to equitable housing access.
You can join the conversation by attending the next community meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 6pm-7:45pm. The meeting will be held at the Charles Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St) and also virtually. Interpretation services for Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, and Spanish speakers will be provided for in-person and virtual participants.

Free Diabetes Prevention Program- Next Session May 17th

The Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free pre-diabetes virtual class on Wednesdays from May 17 to April 17, 2024.

There will be a virtual information session for those interested in learning more on Wednesday, May 3rd at 2pm via Zoom. Contact Aisha Salazar at the Arlington County Extension office to see if
you are eligible or to register at or (703) 228-6417