Food Program

ALIVE! strives to provide nutritious staple foods to our neighbors in need 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 Programs

Last Saturday Food Distribution

ALIVE!’s Last Saturday Food Distribution helps bridge the gap many households encounter at the end of the month, struggling to put food on the table. All Alexandrians are welcome at Last Saturday to receive a 5-day supply of non-perishable food, meat, fresh eggs and produce. Last Saturday operates on the last Saturday of each month January through October and the second Saturday in December. There is no Last Saturday in November. It is held at three sites, 8:30am – 11:30am – choose the one that is most convenient. Distribution sites are:

  • West End: John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave.
  • Arlandria: Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 23 W. Reed Ave.
  • Old Town: Ladrey Apartments, 300 Wythe St.
  • Last Saturday Food Distribution Flyer (Espanol)

Home Delivery Program

ALIVE!’s delivers food Monday through Friday afternoons to the doorsteps of those who are unable to attend at Last Saturday. Home deliveries are available to seniors, individuals with disabilities and single parents. Clients may receive once monthly groceries – 3-5 days of non-perishable food, meat, milk, fresh bread, eggs and produce.   To make a referral or get involved click here.

Children’s Program

Many children are hungry on weekends when food provided at school is not available. ALIVE! Children’s Program is proud to support Alexandria’s children experiencing food insecurity by supplying pantries or providing Weekend Care Bags to the following locations:

  • ALIVE! Child Development Center
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center
  • Cora Kelly Elementary School
  • Hammond Middle School
  • LINK at Brent Place
  • LINK at Community Lodgings/Fifer Family Learning Center
  • Mount Vernon Elementary School
  • Patrick Henry Elementary School
  • Polk Elementary School
  • Ruby Tucker Family Center

Community Partners

Food pantries, meal kitchens and other food distribution sites provide a vital resource for those experiencing hunger. ALIVE!’s Community Partners program supports our city-wide network by providing non-perishable food, fresh bread and produce, wholly or in part, to these community partners:

  • Brent Place Apartments food distribution
  • Downtown Baptist Church Open Table Breakfast
  • Ladrey Senior Housing Apartments
  • Meade Memorial Church pantry, bag and hot lunches
  • Jezereel Chuch pantry
  • Joseph Catholic Church pantry
  • Washington Street United Methodist Church Open Table Breakfast
  • West End pantry

If you are interested in becoming an ALIVE! Community Partner or part of our Children’s Program,  please click here or call ALIVE!

Help Get Involved

ALIVE! relies on volunteers for all of its food programs.  Please click here if you are interested in volunteering!   link to volunteer page. Volunteer for the Food Program

How You Can Help

ALIVE! depends on generous donations and support from the community to help feed our food insecure neighbors. We cannot sustain our operations without it and are extremely grateful for our donors and volunteers.

Cash Donations

Your financial contribution goes a long way to help our mission. ALIVE! is able to source food at significant cost reductions – we can purchase many times over the amount of food with the same $5 you would spend to purchase food to donate. Please consider a financial donation by clicking here.Link to donation form per excel sheet.

Food Donation Guidelines

ALIVE! strives to provide clients with the dignity of nutritious food and supplying groceries they would otherwise purchase if they had the means.

Food donations should be unopened, recent shelf-stable items.

Please do not donate items that are far beyond their shelf date.

The general rule is, if the food is not something you would enjoy, it’s likely not something our clients would want to receive, either.

Please note our most wanted and needed foods include ALIVE! Most Needed Food. This list changes frequently, so please check back for updates.

Donated shelf-stable food may be brought to the Alexandria Food Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays, located at 801 South Payne Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please email or call ahead to ensure someone is at the warehouse to receive your donation.

Host a Food Drive!

Conducting a food drive is a great way to support ALIVE!. ALIVE! will help you run a successful food drive in any way we can. Please consider a food drive in the Spring or Summer, when inventory is low. A food drive can be as creative as you would like.

You can:

  • Turn your next social event into a food drive by making the cost of “admission” a non-perishable food item.
  • Place a collection bin in your office, school or neighborhood and ask colleagues and friends to donate.
  • Collect donations at a tabling event outside a grocer, or at a community or neighborhood event

Please see our Food Drive Tips to Host ALIVE! Food and/or contact Ann Patterson, Food Program Director, for more information click here.