Congregational Connection

Start your StepALIVE! Walkathon Team

We are less than a month away from the 41st annual StepALIVE! Walkathon on Sunday, October 16th! Thank you to the congregations who have already formed a team for this event!

Agudas Achim Congregation

Alfred Street Baptist Church

Baha’i’s of Alexandria

Church of Saint Clement

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

First Christian Church of Alexandria

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Blessed Sacrament

Fairlington United Methodist Church


Please help us to spread the word about this event by creating a congregational team of your own and inviting others to join you. All participants will receive a 2022 StepALIVE! t-shirt and are welcome to join us for the 2pm kickoff and post-walk celebration at First Christian Church.

Learn more by visiting or following this link

Volunteers Needed for the Furniture Program and September Events

We have the first two weekends under our belts for the ALIVE! Furniture Program and we need your help!

Our highest priority need is for September 24th, when volunteers collect furniture donated by city residents and deliver these items to our neighbors in need every week.

We’d love to put together a schedule for the rest of the year showing which congregations are volunteering to collect donated items. If your congregation would like to reserve a weekend or be matched up with another congregation’s weekend please let us know by contacting ALIVE! volunteer manager, Xiomara Hernandez, at, or 703-548-9255.

Click here to see more opportunities to get involved in September

ALIVE!’s Board President, Mary Eileen Dixon, joined representatives from the city, ACPS, and community members last week to witness the transfer of the Winkler Botanical Preserve to NOVA Parks.
Just a few blocks aways from William Ramsay Elementary School at 5400 Roanoke Ave, these 44 acres will continued to be preserved as an urban oasis for our entire community to enjoy.
Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Winkler Organization we look forward to seeing the expanded education opportunities for everyone to enjoy these natural spaces, and we are grateful to the Winkler Organization for also providing ALIVE! with a $100,000 grant to support Alexandrians who live along the Beauregard Corridor- including two monthly distributions at William Ramsey Recreation Center.

Food Drive for ALIVE! with Coldwell Banker Realty

Thank you to the entire team at Coldwell Banker Realty Alexandria Office for organizing this food drive and for collecting financial contributions that benefit all of ALIVE!’s programs! You may have seen members of the Coldwell Banker team out at the Old Town Farmers markets on Saturday mornings encouraging Alexandrians to donate food items or to make a donation online.

Click here To see more about how ALIVE! provides support for our Alexandria neighbors in need and to see a list of donation requests

Huge Food Donation!

Thank you to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for this donation of 38,063 pounds of dried food staples like rice and pasta! Also, thank you to the city staff who helped to unload this massive donation.

Donations like this help ALIVE! keep our costs down and ensure that we can meet the need for basic food assistance in Alexandria. To see a list of needed items ALIVE! accepts please visit:

Safeway Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Program
Nourishing Neighbors aims to fight hunger by helping to keep food banks stocked, supporting meal distribution programs at schools and supporting programs that provide food to seniors. As a program of the Safeway Foundation, they are working to eradicate childhood hunger in America.
Donations collected at checkout during September will go to support the work that ALIVE! does to support our neighbors in need. To get involved with #NourishingNeighbors visit Safeway stores located at: 1624 Belle View, 8646 Richmond Highway, or 5980 Kingstowne Center.

Looking for Donated Home Goods

The ALIVE! Housewares Program is looking for a few specific items that will be matched with people transitioning into new housing.

Donations that are clean and in good condition can be dropped off at the Sunrise Senior Living of Old Town front desk (400 N. Washington St) daily from 10am to 3pm.

You can learn more at:

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 – September 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, September 24 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)

ALIVE! Food Hub (510-F South Van Dorn Street)
The ALIVE! Food Hub offers Alexandria residents food, personal items, cleaning supplies, school supplies and connects them to information for other services.

Food Hub 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