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.


ALIVE Food Distribution Calendar – January 2023 (PDF)

ALIVE Food Distribution Calendar – February 2023 (PDF)

Food Distribution Calendar

ALIVE! distributes free bags of groceries (produce, chicken, eggs, bread) at three locations one Saturday per month. 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.

Saturday, January 28 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)

Saturday, February 25 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)

ALIVE! Food Hub

The ALIVE! Food Hub offers residents of the City of Alexandria:
• food • personal items • cleaning supplies • school supplies • community • connections to information other about services

Food Hub Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays Noon-6:00pm
Wednesdays Noon-6:00pm

Thursdays Noon-6:00pm
Fridays 10am-1pm
Saturdays 10am-1pm

Located at:
510-F South Van Dorn Street

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.

Thursday, February 9 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Friday, February 10 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave)

Friday, February 17 from 10:30am – Noon
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)

Saturday, February 18 from 8:00am – 10:00am
Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St)

Saturday, February 18 from 10:00am – Noon
UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron St)

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. See how to get started here: Host a Food Drive

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

Food donations may be dropped off at the ALIVE! Food Warehouse (801 S. Payne Street) Monday through Friday, 9am until 4pm (closing at 7 pm on Thursdays), and 9am until noon on Saturdays.

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 are 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


Home Delivery Program

ALIVE! 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


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!.

ALIVE! is an equal opportunity USDA food provider. ALIVE! does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or 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.