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.
Run a food drive on behalf of ALIVE! by collecting food donations from your co-workers, friends, and family. 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 fun 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 & Accepted Food Donations
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 Healthy Food Donations.
Generally Accepted Food Donations must be personal size, non-bulk portions. No expired food or food packaged in glass containers. Donation receipts available upon request.
|FRUITS & VEGETABLES||GRAINS|
|Canned fruits & vegetables||Brown or wild rice, couscous, quinoa|
|Fruit or vegetable juice||Oatmeal & cereal|
|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!
|THANKSGIVING & HOLIDAY FOOD DONATIONS
|Canned pumpkin||Green beans|
|Canned yams||Instant mashed potatoes|
|Corn||Mac and cheese|
|Cornbread mix||Pie crusts|
|Gravy (cans, jars, packets) turkey poultry or mushroom||Sweetened condensed milk|
ALIVE! is collecting the following donated items to support our partner Casa Chirilagua’s food distributions.
|CASA CHIRILAGUA FOOD DONATIONS
|Cooking oil||Dry beans|
|Dry rice||Masa or maseca|
ALIVE! 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 (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 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
- Alexandria City Public Schools: Food Access for children and their families
- Hunger Free Alexandria: List of Emergency Food Access Points
If you or your organization wants to volunteer, visit the ALIVE! Volunteer page to sign up online.
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 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.