ACT for Alexandria

ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program

ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program Overview

ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria are partnering with nonprofit organizations to distribute grocery store gift cards to residents in need of assistance as a result of being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This pilot program is made possible through funding received by the City of Alexandria through the CARES Act.   With assistance from selected nonprofit organizations (Community Partners), the program will run for approximately four months and provide 1,000 gift cards per month to eligible individuals and families. 

ACT will award grants to selected Community Partners to purchase the gift cards from grocery stores and distribute to residents who meet the established criteria.  Community Partners will be responsible for completing intake forms and/or spreadsheet for their proposed clients and this information will be uploaded to a secure database to analyze the data for reporting and ensure there is no duplication of services.  At the end of each month, the Community Partners will report back on grocery store gift card distribution efforts.  Information will be gathered to inform any needed adjustments to the program for the following month(s).  There will also be a process for individuals, not being served by a nonprofit, to apply for the program.  Community Partners must have the capacity to receive referrals from the City’s Department of Community and Human Services to distribute additional cards. 

There will be ongoing review with the Community Partners, ACT and the City to determine the effectiveness of the program and discuss the possibility of additional funding or resources.  Community Partners will also receive a grant to provide for administrative/operations support for this program, as well as technical assistance from ACT. 


Application Process Timeline

Applications available – June 5 – apply here:

Info Session – June 11 at 11am – view the recording here:

Application deadline – June 15 at 5pm

Community Partners selected – June 19

MOU/Grant Finalized – June 25


Responsibilities of the Community Partner

  • Participate in the design of the pilot program
  • Identify/outreach to at least 100 participants each month who meet eligibility criteria and submit intake form information for review
  • Purchase, track and distribute gift cards to participants
  • Input participant data in the agreed upon collection 
  • Participate in monthly meetings to review progress and program effectiveness


Selection Criteria

  • Must have an established relationship working with individuals and families, providing case management and relationship tracking
  • Pre-existing system for distributing resources with clients, including experience purchasing and distributing cards
  • Ability to serve at least 100 participants per month
  • Ability to reach beyond their immediate client base, including taking referrals from the City
  • Ability to enter data and report back on progress, including tracking gift card numbers of participants
  • Align with the City’s targeted geographic and demographic areas
  • Ability to engage non-English speakers
  • Ability to start immediately
  • Priority will be given to organizations that have received a grant from the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund


Gift Card Participant Criteria:

Participants must be City of Alexandria residents whose income has been affected by COVID-19.  Other Criteria include: 
  • Individuals and families who have not received federal assistance
  • Individuals and families who reside in the following zip codes:  22206, 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305, 22311, 22312, 22314
  • Ability to show documentation of financial hardship due to COVID-19


To apply, please submit an application by Monday, June 15 at 5pm at:

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Brandi Yee at