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City of Alexandria and Community Partners Provide Grocery Gift Cards to Residents

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The City of Alexandria has partnered with ACT for Alexandria and other community nonprofit organizations to distribute grocery store gift cards to residents experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program provides eligible Alexandria residents with pre-paid grocery cards in denominations of $100, $200 and $400 through December, or for as long as funding is available.

The program application requires documentation of loss of income and financial hardship due to COVID-19, and proof of residence in the city. Priority will be given to residents who have not received federal assistance during the pandemic.

Through the ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program, ACT for Alexandria awarded gift card funding to nonprofit partners to distribute approximately 1,500 gift cards per month.

Their partners include: African Communities Together; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington; Community Lodgings; Ethiopian Community Development Council; Northern Virginia Family Service; Tenants and Workers United; and the Campagna Center..

Alexandria has continued to address ongoing food insecurity caused by COVID-19. They designating an additional $1.53 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid Relief for Economic Security (CARES) Act to expand and extend food assistance programs. An allocation of $950,000 is designated for the ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program. There is also $580,000 allotted for ALIVE! to continue large-scale food distributions and pantry support.

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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 is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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