March 2017 Community Service Report
On the last Saturday of each month, when low income families’ food stamps and cash are running out, ALIVE (Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically) distributes food at three centers in Alexandria. The food is intended to last a week until the participants get paid and/or receive the next month's food stamp allotment. Non-perishable food collected through donations to ALIVE is supplemented by items purchased in bulk from the Capital Area Food Bank.
At the Cora Kelly distribution site, Burgundy families joined volunteers from several other organizations to sort and package the food in bags and to help families load the food into cars or shopping carts. Adults and children, especially those who speak some Spanish, helped families register for services and played games with children.
As part of their work during the year, Burgundy students have seen several aspects of the complex operation that brings food to people who need it in Alexandria--they collected food for ALIVE at a food drive on Martin Luther King Day of Service; they sorted and stored food at the ALIVE warehouse in Old Town, and now they have distributed it at a “Last Saturday” event.