Alexandrians are currently struggling with financial difficulties, health concerns, job security, and other anxieties during the coronavirus pandemic. However, several local organizations are ensuring that food remains off that list of worries. Whether Alexandria City Public Schools or ALIVE!, all organizations throughout the city are hosting food drives and distribution events to make sure all Alexandrians have enough to eat during this financially uncertain time.
According to alextimes.com, “The week before spring break, ACPS distributed 28,322 meals, a 37 percent increase over the previous week, ACPS Communications Specialist Julie Moult said. Food distribution efforts continued during spring break. While all food is being funded by the ACPS school nutrition fund, Volunteer Alexandria has been supplying volunteers to help at the various distribution sites.”
As per alextimes.com, “Throughout the metropolitan region, the YMCA is offering produce and meal distributions. At the Alexandria YMCA in Del Ray, produce is available for anyone who needs it Mondays 4 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon, and meal boxes are available for children 18 and younger Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”
According to alextimes.com, “ALIVE!, a 50-year-old local nonprofit known for its monthly food pantries, has ramped up its inventory and shifted its procedures to respond to the pandemic. It added additional food pantries last month and established drive-through pick-up sites to minimize social interaction. The organization has done four Truck-to-Trunk food distribution events, reaching a total of about 2,000 families and distributing the equivalent of about 40,000 meals, according to Executive Director Jennifer Ayers.”