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Food Drives, Pantries To Support For Holidays In Alexandria

Patch logo Patch 11/27/2020 Emily Leayman
There are various causes providing food assistance in Alexandria that you can support. © Shutterstock There are various causes providing food assistance in Alexandria that you can support.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — As you start to think about holiday shopping, we can't forget the families in need of food and other assistance. With this year in particular, the pandemic has resulted in financial struggles related to reduced hours or job losses.

We asked readers from Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray Patch to offer suggestions of food drives to support from Thanksgiving on. Below are some of these suggestions, along with other local causes to support.

If we missed anything, let us know in the comments or send an email to We will update this list as new suggestions come in.

  • ALIVE: This nonprofit offers essential services to Alexandria residents in need, including food assistance. Check the ALIVE website for updates on ways to donate. Volunteers are needed as well.
  • Grace Church: The church's food pantry provides food staples to families and individuals in need. Volunteers are also needed. Check the church website for more information about donating.
  • Casa Chirilagua: Help support families who are struggling financially due to COVID-19. Casa Chirilagua provides a list of needed items that the community has requested.
  • Carpenter's Shelter: The homeless shelter can only accept food and other items specified on its donation list. There is also an Amazon wish list.
  • New Hope Housing: The nonprofit, which runs several homeless shelters, accepts food and other donations. Food donations can be dropped off in designated coolers at shelters: Kennedy Shelter at the back door, Bailey’s Shelter and Supportive Housing at the front door, Residential Program Center at the front door and Mondloch House on the porch by the front door.
  • Christ House Food Pantry: Catholic Charities of the Arlington diocese's The St. Lucy Project operates at Christ House in Alexandria. Donations help keep the pantry stocked to serve the elderly with limited incomes, low-income households, children and the homeless.
  • Community Lodgings: Community Lodgings, which supports homeless and low-income families, has an Amazon wish list with food and other needed items that can be sent directly to the nonprofit.
  • Old Presbyterian Meeting House: Contact the church for ways to get involved through volunteering and donations.
  • ACT for Alexandria: The ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund gives funds to nonprofits providing emergency services such as food assistance to those impacted by the pandemic.
  • Volunteer Alexandria: Look for volunteer opportunities for food distribution and more from Volunteer Alexandria.
  • Rising Hope UMC: The church runs a Milk and Honey Food Pantry and Solid Rock Soup Kitchen. Check online for ways to donate or volunteer.
  • Salvation Army National Capital Area Command: The Salvation Army is providing various services, including a mobile feeding van for the homeless and delivering food boxes to seniors. For in-person donations, there are online instructions for making care boxes with needed items.
  • Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: The shelter has a pet pantry program to provide assistance to pet owners in need and animals in need. Check the Amazon wish list to send items directly to the shelter.

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