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Visit Alexandria Taking Part in Food Drive for Local Hospitality Workers

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visit Alexandria, Alexandria’s tourism company, is one of 60 organizations, participating in a food drive to benefit hospitality workers impacted by the pandemic.

CVBReps – a membership-based group consisting of destination marketing organizations and convention and visitor bureaus – is hosting the food drive.

Starting Oct. 1 and lasting through Oct. 15, there will have a number of drop-off locations. See the details below, and please note that masks are required when visiting all locations.

  • October 1-11: Drop-off donations will be accepted at a collection box available inside the Alexandria Visitor Center, located at 221 King Street from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Free 15-minute parking directly outside the Visitor Center is available.
  • October 12-13: Unopened canned good donations will be accepted in person by members of CVBReps from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town, located at 900 Diagonal Road. Individuals donating items can drive up to the hotel and hand off bagged items to a member of CVBReps.
  • October 14: CVBReps and local meeting planners will join forces from 1-4 p.m. to fill donation bags at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town. If you are a local meeting planner that would like to join, please email Carla Bascope-Hebble at [email protected] or Liz Dane at [email protected].
  • October 15: Local hospitality and event industry employees and their families are encouraged to collect canned goods via a drive-thru food distribution at Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Any items not picked up will be donated to United Community, a local food pantry located in Alexandria.

Here is a list of accepted items:

  • Canned meat
  • Canned soups
  • Shelf stable and powdered milk
  • Cereal, granola bars and grains
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Cooking oils
  • Peanut butter
  • Pet food
  • Rice

CVBReps has partnered with Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town, United Community, Destinations International, and Professional Marketing Services, Inc. to make this food drive a success. American Feed Industry Association has donated pet food that will be included in distribution bags

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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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