Food Program

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.

Food Distribution Calendar

Get the entire month’s calendar of ALIVE! food distributions. Calendar subject to change. Click the hyperlinks below.

ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar (DECEMBER 2021)

Food Drives

Run a food drive on behalf of ALIVE! by collecting food donations from your co-workers, friends, and family. Collect food from the lists of accepted food donations. Drop-off food donations during regular collection times.

Plus, encourage your supporters to make a financial donation to your food drive. We suggest donating the amount of money you would have spent on donating food. Give your food drive a unique name so your supporters can reference your food drive name in the comments section of online donations or memo line of check donations. ex) Smith Family Food Drive

Food Collection Times

Drop off donated food on Thursdays 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM to the ALIVE! Food Warehouse (801 S. Payne Street).

Accepted Food Donations

Donations must be from the current lists of accepted food donations.

Personal size, non-bulk portions. No expired food or food packaged in glass containers. Donation receipts available upon request.

Canned fruits & vegetables Brown or wild rice, couscous, quinoa
Fruit or vegetable juice Oatmeal & cereal
Applesauce Granola bars
Fruit cups Whole wheat or multi-grain crackers
Jelly & jam
Canned or dried beans & peas Liquid shelf-stable milk
Canned beef stew, chili, bean soup Canola, olive, vegetable oil
Peanut butter Pasta sauce


Get ready for the holiday season!

Canned pumpkin Green beans
Canned yams Instant mashed potatoes
Corn Mac and cheese
Cornbread mix Pie crusts
Cranberry sauce Stuffing
Gravy (cans, packets) turkey poultry or mushroom Sweetened condensed milk


Support our partner Casa Chirilagua’s food distributions.

Cooking oil Dry beans
Dry rice Masa or maseca


Weekend Food Distributions

ALIVE! distributes bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) one Saturday per month from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, or until supplies run out, in the parking lots of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave), Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 500 Dawes Ave), and William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave).

Drive-through and walk-up service available depending on site. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required.

Pop-Up Food Distributions

ALIVE! provides bags of food to specific neighborhoods or apartments, 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.

Home Delivery Program

ALIVE!’s delivers food Monday – Friday afternoons to the doorsteps of those who are unable to attend emergency food distributions. Home deliveries are available to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and single parents with very young children. Clients may receive once monthly groceries: 3-5 days of shelf-stable food, meat, milk, fresh bread, eggs, and produce.

Referrals required from the Alexandria Office of Community Services 703-746-5700, an ALIVE! member congregation, or another social service agency. For more information on home delivery, contact Family Assistance or call 703-549-3692.

Community Partners

Community partners include food pantries, meal kitchens, and other distribution sites that together provide city-wide food resources and easier access. ALIVE! provides its partners with shelf-stable food, fresh bread, frozen meat, and produce to these community partners:

  • Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services
  • Alexandria Health Department
  • Alexandria Housing Development Corporation
  • Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Casa Chirilagua
  • Child and Family Network Centers
  • Christ Church pantry
  • Christ House pantry
  • DAR Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
  • Ethiopian Center for Peace and Progress
  • Ladrey Senior Housing Apartments
  • Lorton Community Acton Center
  • Meade Memorial Church pantry
  • Mt. Jezereel Church pantry
  • Neighborhood Health
  • Oakland Baptist Church pantry
  • Old Presbyterian Meeting House Open Table Breakfast
  • Old Town Community Church Open Table Breakfast
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • St. 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, contact the Food Program Director or call 703-518-5152.

Additional Food Access Resources

Get Involved

If you or your organization wants to volunteer, visit the ALIVE! Volunteer page to sign up online.

Financial Donations

Your financial donation goes a long way to help our mission. ALIVE! sources food in bulk at significant cost reductions. We can purchase many times over the amount of food with the same $5 you spend purchasing food to donate. Please consider a financial donation to ALIVE!.


For more information, contact the Food Program Director or call 703-518-5152.

*ALIVE! is an equal opportunity USDA food provider. ALIVE! does not discriminate based on religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, nor engage in reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. To file a food program complaint of discrimination, access the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form.