Nearly 1/4 of DC’s residents are low-income. Nearly half of children living east of the river are in poor families. About 324,000 DC households are food insecure. More than 1/3 of children, nearly 1/3 of Black residents, and nearly 1/4 of childless singles have incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty line.
As the largest food pantry in DC, with two distribution centers, City Orchard, and two rooftop gardens, we provide nutritious groceries, including fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, to families in DC living below the federal poverty line.Learn more
Our Clothing Room provides quality and season appropriate clothing items that are 100% donated then distributed free of charge, including coats, shoes, and even suits for job interviews.Learn more
Since 1974, our Medical Clinic has provided primary care to uninsured and low-income DC residents. Our medical home now offers primary care, behavioral health, and dental and vision care to over 3,700 patients.Learn more
Social workers and case managers provide client-centered services including intakes, a pre-employment program, a representative payee program, crisis intervention, referrals, case management, and social security and subsidized housing application assistance to our clients.Learn more
With affordable housing in DC as our focus, community organizers work with program staff and client leaders to advocate for policies that preserve and create affordable housing in DC, while building community power to fight inequality beyond housing.Learn more
We provide legal representation in housing, family, and public benefits cases, offer advice and referrals, and advocate for our clients and their communities.Learn more
Learn coping strategies for dealing with the experience of housing trauma and its aftermath.
Join us for a night of poetry from young people who are incarcerated in adult prisons.
For the last 22 years, I have had the privilege of serving as CEO at Bread for the City, a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social assistance to DC residents living with low-income. Each year, my staff and I talk to each other, our supporters, and policy makers about how we can do this work better. While that’s an important question, I also believe we fail to ask a question more important: how do we get to a point where we don’t have to do the work at all?
We stand in opposition to the Evictions with Dignity Act. We’d like you to ask your Councilmember to do the same when the legislation comes up for a vote on July 10, 2018.
Yesterday was a big day for Bread for the City. A BIG ONE. Yesterday, we symbolically broke ground at 1710 Good Hope Road, SE, the future home of our new service center east of the Anacostia River. This day was a long time coming, and was full of excitement, love, and hope.