More Alexandrians depended on emergency food assistance in 1984 than the previous year, according to a report submitted last night to the Alexandria City Council.
The report, compiled by the city's Economic Opportunities Commission, showed that between July 1, 1983, and March 30, 1984, the city's Division of Economic Opportunities fed 226 low-income households on a continual emergency need basis. During the same nine-month period in 1982 and 1983, the division fed 119 households.
The hunger problem in one of Washington's wealthiest suburbs, Frank Shafroth, the EOC chairman said, is a "substantial one."
Shafroth said the hunger problem shocks "people who think of Alexandria as the Georgetown on the other side of the Potomac."
The report and Shafroth cited a number of statistics:
*'s 103,000 population in 1983 to 11 percent last year.
* In 1984, 2,500 low-income families received federally distributed food stamps.
* The Salvation Army provided emergency food to more than 1,000 low-income households last year.
"There is no desperate hunger in Alexandria at the moment," council member Patricia S. Ticer said last night as the council unanimously accepted the report. But Ticer said the report does show that "there is a problem. There is an increase in the number receiving emergency food."
Shafroth attributed the increase in food assistance to a federal freeze on many food programs and Alexandria's changing demographics. He said that in the last decade there has been a 100 percent increase in the number of single-parent households, many of which need help feeding their families.
In other action, the council unanimously voted to scrap a plan adding two small commercial buildings to the east side of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. The add-ons, totaling 2,600 square feet, were to have sold goods such as sweaters and cutlery. Approved in the original Torpedo Factory complex plan, the two buildings recently became controversial when residents complained that the buildings would be unsightly, block lighting and take up too much waterfront open space.