Scouting for Food on November 12th

Each year, Alexandria-area Scouts go door to door to collect food donations for ALIVE! and other local food banks. Food drives like this are especially important during the holiday months when we see demand increase for food assistance.

If you have already received a flyer on your door about Scouting for Food, make sure to leave a bag of food donations at your doorsteps before 8:30am for pickup on November 12.

Food donations may also 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.

Items in highest demand include (Please avoid donations in glass containers):
Canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)
Soups and stews (beef stew, chili, meat-based soups)
100% fruit juices (all sizes)
Grains (pasta, whole grain pasta, rice, brown rice, boxed macaroni and cheese)
Cereals (multi-grain, low sugar cereals, oatmeal)
Canned vegetables
Canned fruits
Hygiene products (diapers, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste)

We will need volunteers to help sort and bag new food donations that come in through this huge food drive. Click the link below to sign up to help at the Bus Barn (116 S. Quaker Lane). Sorting and packing takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Click here to get involved!

Turkey Distro

Delivery Drivers Needed for Turkey Baskets Distribution

We are looking for volunteers to join us on Tuesday, November 22nd to deliver turkeys and other festival food items to Alexandria families in need. If you would like to lend a hand please RSVP below. We will be meeting at the ALIVE! Warehouse (801 S. Payne St) at 2pm. Children under the age of 18 years old may not participate in this activity. You or your team will be delivering 5-6 turkeys plus fixings, and driving your own vehicle will be required.

Sign up here

Alexandria Turkey Trot Volunteers Needed

We are so grateful to the Alexandria Turkey Trot organizers for their continued support of ALIVE! and for encouraging runners to donate food and make financial contributions.

The Alexandria Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving morning in Del Ray, starting and finishing at George Washington Middle School. Volunteers are a critical part of the event, both for pre-race packet pick-up and on race day Thursday morning. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt.

Wednesday, November 23rd
Turkey Trot T-shirt distributors
Distribute T-shirts to the 5 mile run participants. Help us collect, sort and organize food donations in bins.
Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult.
George Washington Middle School (1005 Mt Vernon Ave)

Thursday, November 24th
Turkey Trot Run Volunteers
Greet participants as they arrive. Help us collect, sort and organize food donations in bins.
Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult.
George Washington Middle School (1005 Mt Vernon Ave)

You can sign up by visiting

Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

Thank you to the team of volunteers from Fidelity who visited the ALIVE! Bus Barn to help us prepare for the recent food distribution events. These volunteers packed more than 1,100 bags.

Would you like to stay in the loop about updates from ALIVE!’s volunteer events? Visit our Facebook page to see more!

Furniture Program Volunteers Needed

ALIVE! is starting to receive a high number of furniture requests. We need to grow the size of our furniture team so that we can deliver donated items to Alexandria families in need.

Will you sign up to pickup and deliver donated furniture on a Saturday morning? Driving your own car is required and heavy lifting is involved.

Sign up today!

Help out at the ALIVE! West End Food Hub

We are looking for help on an ongoing basis at the ALIVE! Food Hub helping clients navigate the grocery selection process. If you haven’t been to the Food Hub this is a great opportunity to see the beautiful new space and assist with our new food choice method of distribution.

Meeting at the ALIVE! Food Hub (510 F S. Van Dorn St) with shifts needed at:

Tuesday through Thursday:
10am-11:30am, 11:30am-2:30pm, 2:00pm-4:30pm and 4:00pm-6:30pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 9:45am-12:45pm

Fridays: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Reserve your volunteer shift!

Saturday Food Distribution Moved to November 19th 

The Saturday food distributions for November and December have moved up to November 19th and December 17th. ALIVE! is looking to fill a number of volunteer roles for both food distributions.

Food Distributors, Traffic Marshalls & Translators
7:30am – 11:30am
NVCC Alexandria (5000 Dawes Ave, Parking Lot B1)
Cora Kelly ES (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
William Ramsay Rec. Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Drivers-Saturday Food Distributions
6:30am – 11:30am
Truck pickup at the ALIVE! Warehouse (801 South Payne St). Must be 21 years old to participate and have a valid driver’s license.