Food Assistance

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

Page updated on Sep 7, 2021 at 1:28 PM

Food Assistance

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

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.  ALIVE! also accepts limited referrals for home delivery of food to individuals who cannot make it to the sites. 

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. 
  • Effective October 1, 2021, the average SNAP benefit--excluding additional funds provided as part of pandemic relief--will increase for fiscal year 2022. The change comes after a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate SNAP benefits. The reevaluation concluded that the cost of a nutritious, practical, cost effect diet is 21% higher than the current Thrifty Food Plan. The average SNAP benefit will increase by $36.24 per person, per month; households will only experience an increase of $8 per person because a temporary 15% increase in SNAP's maximum benefits enacted to help families during the pandemic is set to expire on September 30. To learn more:
    • Changes in Benefits by State (Tables)
    • What is the TFP? (Blog)
    • The Thrifty Food Plan and SNAP Benefits (Website)
    • The TFP Re-Evaluation Process (Infographic)
    • TFP Listening Sessions (Summary) (Blog)
    • SNAP Participants’ Barriers to Healthy Eating (Infographic)
    • Barriers that Constrain the Adequacy of SNAP Allotments (Report

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.