Local Opportunities to Feed the Hungry and Volunteer During the Holidays

November 28, 2022 | Living With Heart | By: The Goodhart Group

Below are some local organizations seeking food and financial donation to help feed the hungry as well as volunteer opportunities for various charities in our region.

  • ALIVE: ALIVE is a non-profit organization that offers essential services to Alexandrian residents in need, including food assistance. Donate or sign-up to volunteer on the ALIVE website here.
  • Grace Church Food Pantry: Grace Episcopal Church provides food staples to families and individuals in the Alexandrian community in need. The pantry is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The church website here has information about donating.
  • Casa Chirilagua: Based in the Arlandria neighborhood on Mount Vernon Avenue, Casa Chirilagua, a faith-based Christian non-profit organization, offers various programs to aid the local community. View a list of volunteer and donation opportunities here.
  • Carpenter’s Shelter: The Carpenter’s Shelter works to support the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy. Find a list of volunteer and donation chances at the Carpenter’s Shelter here.
  • New Hope Housing: New Hope Housing is a local non-profit that runs several homeless shelters around the DMV. They’re currently accepting food and other donations such as clothes or toys for children. Head to their website here for specific needs and drop-off locations.
  • Christ House Food Pantry: The Christ House Food Pantry in Alexandria provides perishable and non-perishable food items to homeless and low-income households in Alexandria and the surrounding areas. Check-out their website for a list of donation items. Drop offs are Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 9 am – 3 pm, and Wednesday, Thursday from 1 pm – 3 pm.
  • Community Lodgings: Community Lodgings, which supports homeless and low-income families in Alexandria, has an Amazon wish list with food and other needed items that can be sent directly to the non-profit organization. They also offer volunteer opportunities.
  • ACT for Alexandria: Every dollar donated to ACT returns $4 to the Alexandria community, which means investment in local non-profits so they can grow, innovate, and address critical needs of our community. Head over to ACT’s website here for more about ways to give.
  • Volunteer Alexandria: Volunteer Alexandria has a list of organizations and volunteer opportunities in Alexandria as well as various ways to donate. Click here for an up-to-date list of projects.
  • Animal Welfare League of Alexandria:  The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is dedicated to helping pets stay in the homes where they are loved. The shelter offers a pet pantry program to provide assistance to pet owners and their animals in need. View their Amazon wish list here where you can send items directly to the shelter.
  • Charles Rec Center Little Food Pantry: The mini pantry movement is a grassroots, crowdsourced solution to immediate and local need. The Charles Rec Center mini pantry helps feed our Old Town neighbors. View here for a map of where to drop off pantry items.
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center AFAC depends on the help of over 2,000 volunteers. Volunteers bag, distribute, drive, help in the office and warehouse, and organize and assist at special events. Click here for ways to volunteer and donate.