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.

Virtual Food Drives

We are encouraging virtual food drives instead of in-kind food donations due to the pandemic. Please consider donating the amount you would have spent purchasing food. Have your family and friends donate to ALIVE! using a simple identifier in the check memo or additional comments section for online donations. For example, #SmithFamilyFoodDrive. This way we can track your virtual food drive.

Truck-to-Trunk Emergency Food Distribution

ALIVE! distributes food to those needing assistance during the pandemic two Saturdays per month, including the last Saturday, from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, or until supplies run out, in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave) and Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave). Drive-through and walk-up service available. In order to observe no-contact distribution and physical distance requirements, drivers must remain in their cars and walk-ups must stand at least 6 feet apart and wear a face covering.

Additional Food Access Resources

Alexandria City Public Schools: Food Access for children and their families

Hunger Free Alexandria: List of Emergency Food Access Points

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, by referral from a case worker or ALIVE! member congregation. Clients may receive once monthly groceries: 3-5 days of shelf-stable food, meat, milk, fresh bread, eggs, and produce. To receive assistance, clients must be referred by 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

ALIVE! has expanded its Community Partner program during the health crisis. 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 shelf-stable food, fresh bread, frozen meat and produce, wholly or in part, 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.

Get Involved

Please visit Volunteer Alexandria to register and see what open volunteer assignments are available. If your organization wants to volunteer as a group, contact the Food Program Director.

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.

Financial Donations

Your financial donation 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 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 temporarily suspending the collection of small in-kind food donations of dry goods due to COVID-19. The safety and health of our volunteers and clients come first. Thank you for your understanding. To donate manufacturer-packaged food in bulk of at least a half ton, contact the Food Program Director. 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. Donations from cleaning your cupboard of unwanted items typically doesn’t provide ALIVE! with the types of food we provide to clients. It is greatly appreciated if you please be judicious with your donations. No Glass containers. Please see our Most Wanted list for items that are currently in need. This list changes frequently, so please check back for updates. Donated shelf-stable food may be brought to the Alexandria Food Center from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm weekdays, located at 801 South Payne Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please contact the Food Program Director or call 703-518-5152 to ensure someone is at the warehouse to receive your donation. Last Saturday Food Distribution–temporarily replaced with Truck-to-Trunk distributions ALIVE!’s Last Saturday Food Distribution helps bridge the gap many households struggling to put food on the table encounter at the end of the month. All Alexandrians are welcome at Last Saturday to receive a 5-day supply of shelf-stable 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 distribution sites from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Choose the site that is most convenient for you.

  • West End: John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Avenue
  • Arlandria: Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 23 West Reed Avenue
  • Old Town: Ladrey Apartments, 300 Wythe Street
  • Last Saturday Food Distribution Flyer

Second Monday Food Distributiontemporarily replaced with Truck-to-Trunk distributions

ALIVE! distributes a 5-day supply of shelf-stable food, meat, fresh eggs and produce at Brent Place Apartments, 375 S. Reynold Street on the second Mondays of each month, from 11 am – 12 pm. On-site registration is available, no pre-registration is required. All eligible Alexandrians are welcome to participate.

Children’s Program–CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE during in-person school closures; we will resume when it is safe to do so. 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 at 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


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 like. You can:

  • Turn your next social event into a food drive by making the cost of “admission” a shelf-stable 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.