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 Collection

ALIVE! collects food donations Thursdays 3:00 – 7:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at 801 S. Payne Street. Donations must be from the current list of Accepted Food Donations. No glass containers. No expired food. Donation receipts available upon request.

Accepted Food Donations (updated 7/14/2021)

  • Jams and jellies, in plastic jars only and smaller sizes (e.g., not Costco-size jars)
  • Cooking oil in plastic bottles only and smaller sizes
  • Oatmeal in cardboard canisters, smaller size is preferred over the 42 oz
  • Dried lentils and/or split peas, any color in 1 pound bags
  • Individual servings of Easy Mac or similar microwavable mac and cheese product
  • Side dish items (e.g., couscous, Rice-A-Roni, Knorr’s Sides, beans and rice mix, etc.)

ALIVE! Food Distributions

ALIVE! distributes bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) 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), Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (lot B-1 via 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.