Food Assistance

Information and resources for Alexandria residents that may need food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Page updated on Oct 15, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Food Assistance

ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program
Individuals and families whose household incomes have been impacted by the pandemic may be eligible to receive grocery store gift cards in amounts ranging from $100-$400. Gift card applicants must provide documentation of loss of income and financial hardship due to COVID-19; meet income requirements (ex. $63,000 for a family of four and $44,100 for an individual); and reside in the zip codes of 22206, 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305, 22311, 22312 or 22314. Priority will be given to residents who have not received federal assistance during the pandemic. Apply online or call 703.746.FOOD (3663). The program runs through December 2020 or until funds run out.

Food Distribution Events Dashboard
The City has an interactive dashboard with maps and charts to locate food distribution sites, compare areas and more.

Text the word FOOD (or COMIDA) to 877-877 to find the nearest emergency food distribution sites.

ALIVE! Grocery Distribution
For the most current ALIVE! food distribution locations and schedules, visit the ALIVE! website. Updates are made weekly. To be added to a notification list to receive updates on, food distribution, email  ALIVE! also accepts limited referrals for home delivery of food to individuals who cannot make it to the sites. 

Hunger Free Alexandria
For food pantry locations and schedules in Alexandria, visit or call 703.662.1067. 

Food for Alexandria City Public School Students (ACPS
For information about food provided by ACPS to children and youth during the school shutdown, visit the  ACPS website.

Additional Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) for Families with Children Released September 30
P-EBT is a temporary food benefit available in Virginia to families with children. Eligible households include students who are learning virtually for at least five consecutive days and qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school or are enrolled in schools that provide free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision. P-EBT benefits vary and are calculated at $5.86 per day, per child for each day the school operated under a 100% virtual model from the start of the 2020-21 school year. Households that previously received P-EBT benefits will have the new benefit automatically added to their card. Replacement cards may be requested by contacting ConnectEBT  866.281.2448. Households with questions regarding their P-EBT benefits should refer to the P-EBT flyer or visit (Spanish) for more information. Questions can also be submitted through the P-EBT inquiry portal which can also be accessed through the COVID-19 Virginia Resources mobile app. To learn more about food assistance resources and other COVID-19-related programs, visit

Home Delivered Frozen Meals Program
DCHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, Senior Services of Alexandria and Jeffery's Catering are delivering frozen meals to Alexandria residents having difficulty getting food and are home bound who are aged 60 and older, their spouses, or an individual with a disability, regardless of age, who resides with a program recipient aged 60 or above. There is no charge for the meals; donations will be accepted by mail and used to expand the program. For more information, view the flyer in English, Spanish and Amharic. To apply for the meals, call 703.746.5999.

Senior Services of Alexandria Groceries to Go Program 
In partnership with Giant Foods, Senior Services of Alexandria provides a grocery delivery program to seniors living in the City of Alexandria. Screened volunteers shop for and deliver groceries year-round to seniors every other week. Groceries are ordered based off the grocery recipient’s personal shopping list with volunteers taking the order over the phone. There are no delivery fees and no minimum order requirements. To be eligible, seniors must be 60 years of age or older, be an Alexandria resident, and have a debit, credit or EBT card. To find out more about the program or to learn how to apply, email or call 703.836.4414, ext. 119.  Visit for more information on all of our programs.

SNAP, TANF and Medicaid

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid programs aid households in need of food, medical insurance and/or cash assist for families with dependent children. To learn more about applying for any of these benefits, visit or call 703.746.5700. Most programs require interviews, which will be conducted over the phone. (Read FAQs regarding SNAP and Medicaid.)

The Virginia Department of Social Services announced

  • Statewide Exemption from the Work Requirement: Effective April 1, 2020, all localities will be exempt from the work requirement. This will be in effect until the end of the month subsequent to the month in which the public health emergency is ended. 

SNAP Double Dollar Incentive Program
As of April 25, 2020, SNAP EBT are now accepted for pre-order items at the Old Town Farmers Market. To submit an order, send your contact information and pre-order items to no later than Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Find out more about pre-orders at farmers' markets in Alexandria.

YMCA Produce Distribution

The YMCA is offering produce distribution across DC, Maryland and Virginia. Produce is available for anyone, free of charge while supplies last. Locations and times:

Virginia: YMCA Alexandria, Mondays 4 - 6 p.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  YMCA Fairfax County RestonWednesdays 4 - 6 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

Contact  for assistance finding other  YMCA resources.