Bread for the City – Helping People

Free COVID-19 Testing & Flu Shots

Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm to 3 pm at the NW Center (1525 7th Street NW) for walk-up COVID-19 testing. Open to the general public and no referrals are required.

COVID-19 WEBINAR Thursday, Oct. 29th

Bread for the City's Dr. Randi Abramson answers community questions about COVID19, its impacts on health and housing, and how to celebrate the holidays more safely this season!


Thrive East of the River

Want to donate to this effort? To date, we’ve secured $3.3 million – with another $845,000 in pending grant applications – towards our $4.1 million fundraising goal to serve 500 families.

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We’re Building on Good Hope!

Bread for the City built a new 28,136 square foot center at 1700 Good Hope Road SE. You can help!
Join us in the effort to improve the overall client experience in DC’s Anacostia community.

Food Delivery Program Reopened

#stayhome #staysafe



We are in the process of restructuring our food delivery program. Please be patient with us as we navigate these changes and work to create the best system for the community.

During this transition time, we will accept the first 250 people who register for delivery each day.  Please click on this link to add yourself to our list.  Please only register yourself one time each week and be sure to include your full address and phone number.

We are still offering grocery bags for pick up at our NW location, 1525 7th St, NW. Bags are available Monday-Friday between 8:30-12 at the front door. No registration required.

Estamos en el proceso de reestructuración de nuestro programa de entrega de comida a domicilio. Le pedimos que sea paciente con nosotros mientras navegamos por estos cambios para crear un mejor sistema para la Comunidad.

Durante este periodo de transición aceptaremos a las primeras 250 personas que se registren para entrega de comida a domicilio por día. Por favor presione este enlace para agregarse a la lista. Por favor regístrese una vez por semana y asegúrese de incluir su dirección completa y su número de teléfono.

Seguimos ofreciendo bolsas de alimentos para recoger en nuestro centro de NW, ubicado en el 1525 7th St, NW. Las bolsas están disponibles de lunes a viernes de 8:30 de la mañana a las 12:00 del medio día. No necesita registrarse.

Our Programs

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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.

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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.

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Health Care

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.

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Social Services

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.

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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.

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Legal Services

We provide legal representation in housing, family, and public benefits cases, offer advice and referrals, and advocate for our clients and their communities.

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“The bags of groceries were more than what we anticipated. On top of that, they were qualitatively structured, so that the bag benefited any type of household! That in and of itself personifies Bread for the CITY. With your support, we distributed 94 bags of food to families, seniors, and disabled individuals. You can imagine the impact this effort had on folks.”

CEO of a community and youth non-profit

based in SE DC

I called for food delivery and Bread for the City blessed me the next day. A box full of beautiful, good food and supplies. My heart is so full of joy knowing that someone cares. I’m full of tears of joy right now. Thank you so much.”

Food client

Upcoming Events

Holiday Helpings

01 Nov
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Election Day

03 Nov
12:00 am - 12:00 am


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Bread for the City wins lawsuit in SNAP ABAWD case against Trump Administration

Bread for the City won a recent lawsuit against the Trump Administration, barring the implementation of a harmful change in the Agriculture Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as Food Stamps, that would cut more than 13,000 DC residents and 700,000 individuals nationally from relief. This lawsuit was filed by The Legal Aid Society of DC and the law firm Alston & Bird LLP on behalf of Bread for the City and residents of D.C. who receive food stamps. In March, the District Court issued a decision that temporarily stopped the government from implementing its new restrictions. Yesterday, the Court issued a final decision on a summary judgment motion in our favor.

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October 19, at 4:13 pm

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Corporate Partnership Spotlight: Gettacar & NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony Donate Car to BFC

A very timely gift arrived this summer! Bread for the City was honored as the recipient of online car buying platform gettacar and Carmelo Anthony’s vehicle giveaway in support of our pandemic response efforts.

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September 24, at 10:45 am

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No landlord can serve a 30-Day Notice on a tenant until at least 60 days after the end of the Public Health Emergency, but Bread for the City is not satisfied.

The DC Council recently passed a few laws that give DC renters new rights. For example, no landlord can serve a 30-Day Notice on a tenant until at least 60 days after the end of the Public Health Emergency. In DC, the 30-Day Notice generally has to come before the filing of an eviction case, so this added protection will give folks a little more time before their landlords begin the process to evict them.

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October 22, at 4:25 pm

Give Today!

Learn about the ways you can support Bread for the City's work.

How can I help?

In times of crisis, we all need to come together.

Bread for the City is comprehensively responding to COVID-19 with expanded community partnerships, continual medical care, and responsible and creative programming so that we can meet our community’s needs.

Will you help us with a gift today? Together, we can meet these extraordinary times head-on and ensure that all DC residents remain safe, fed, and supported.