Hunger Free Alexandria

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A coalition of local faith-based and nonprofit leaders will recognize Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, 2014 as HUNGER FREE ALEXANDRIA WEEKEND. The weekend will focus on ending hunger in the city during morning church services and will be followed on Sunday with an afternoon event to highlight the issue in hopes of determining ways to better address hunger in Alexandria. 

This group of faith-based and nonprofit leaders have been meeting regularly during the summer as a follow-up to the release of Toward and End to Hunger in Alexandria, a study of this issue commissioned by the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network, a working group of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria. This study highlights the seriousness of the issue for many Alexandrians, provides information on barriers to and recommendations for addressing hunger in our community. The study was completed and distributed earlier this year and is available online at: http://healthieralexandria.org. 

At present, nine local churches have committed to making September 20 and 21 Hunger Free Alexandria Weekend. Grace Episcopal, St. Paul's Episcopal , Christ Church, Roberts Memorial UMC, First Christian Church, Immanuel Church On-the-Hill, Sixteenth Tabernacle, Downtown Baptist, Commonwealth Baptist, Church of the Resurrection, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community, Fairlington Presbyterian, and Good Shepherd Lutheran. ACT for Alexandria, the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, the Alexandria Health Department, Volunteer Alexandria and ALIVE! have combined with the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria to provide the nonprofit community support for this endeavor. 

Immediately following services on Sunday, September 21, a city-wide event will be held at Fairlington Presbyterian Church, 3864 King Street, from 12:30-2:30pm. In addition to music, food and some activities for children, time will be provided to highlight the issue of hunger and enlist community member support to address this important matter for our community. 

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