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United Community Begins Mobile Food Program to Help Those in Need

Organization's food pantry sees 100 percent increase in family visits since February

A United Community food distribution event. Photo: United Community

Alexandria, VA – People find ways to come together in difficult times. It is happening even now when we cannot be together. United Community‘s food pantry serves as the latest example. It has seen a 100 percent increase in family visits since February.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and with the donations received, United Community began a mobile food distribution program. The food pantry, the organization said, is needed more than ever. The lines at the headquarters on 7511 Fordson Road keep growing. Still, some families are unable to travel there.

“This mobile food distribution program is critical to help our neighbors in need – many of whom simply cannot reach us at our food pantry,” said United Community’s Executive Director Alison DeCourcey.

Last month, United Community began partnering with Alexandria Neighborhood Health to deliver food to families who have tested positive for the virus. Neighborhood Health is one of the few health providers that offers testing for families without health insurance.

Mobile food delivery is just one way United Community is helping people. They are also finalizing a deal to team with the Fairfax County Government to expand their capacity to provide basic needs to people. This includes paying rent, mortgage, and much more. More information will be announced soon.

Want to help? You can learn more HERE. It does not take much to make a difference in the life of another human being. Any help given can go a long way.

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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