The ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program was a partnership between ACT for Alexandria, the City of Alexandria, and 12 nonprofit partners that provided grocery gift cards to eligible individuals and families. The program was intended to address food insecurity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide eligible residents the ability to purchase food and household supplies that met their needs. Eligible participants received gift cards for multiple months across the duration of the program. The City provides CARES Act funding for six months (July – December 2020) to support the program.
Program eligibility requirements included:
- Residence in the City of Alexandria
- Documented loss of income due to COVID-19
- Household income of 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) – $63,000 for a family of four or $44,100 for an individual
Participants could receive a grocery gift card according to the size of their family unit: $100 for one person, $200 for two people, and $400 for three or more people. A household could receive a card for multiple months but could not receive more than one card per month.
The program was made possible through the work of 12 extraordinary nonprofit partners. Nonprofit partners were selected through a competitive process based on their relationships with community members and experience providing emergency assistance. Partners included: African Communities Together, Casa Chirilagua, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, the City of Alexandria – Department of Community and Human Services, Community Lodgings, Ethiopian Community Development Council, Northern Virginia Community Service, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Tenants & Workers United, The Campagna Center, The Child & Family Network Centers, and The Salvation Army.
$2.52 million in aid
7,412 gift cards distributed
2,326 families served