Bread for the City – Helping People

We’re closed Monday, January 18th – Wednesday, January 20th

We will resume food delivery and COVID-19 testing on Thursday, January 21st. Tuesday's food delivery requests will be rescheduled to Thursday.

Holiday Helpings 2020

Thank you for supporting Holiday Helpings this year and enabling us to provide gift cards to families and individuals who are struggling during the pandemic. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

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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.

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.

Important Information!

#stayhome #staysafe



Food Delivery Program Reopened

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.

We have resumed the delivery of pre-packed grocery bags to the community. Please click on this link to add yourself to our list.

Please register yourself only one time each week and be sure to include your full address and phone number.

We are only able to enter an address into our delivery system one time.  If you live with others who would also like to sign up for food, please submit the address only once and enter the total number of people living in the home.

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.

Hemos reanudado la entrega de bolsas de alimentos previamente empacados a la comunidad. 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.

Podemos agregar un domicilio a nuestro sistema solamente una vez. Si usted vive con otras personas que también aplicaron para la entrega de alimentos, por favor asegúrese de enviar la dirección solo una vez y agregue el número total de personas viviendo en ese domicilio.

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

Closed - Martin Luther King Day

18 Jan
12:00 am - 12:00 am


19 Jan
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Closed - Inauguration Day

20 Jan
12:00 am - 12:00 am


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Bread for the City’s statement on Capitol Building riot

Bread for the City is disappointed and outraged by the domestic terror attack against our democratic process. Watching political extremists attack the United States Capitol and having disregarding democracy is another example of white supremacy manifesting itself.

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January 11, at 1:17 pm

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Dr. Randi Abramson provides information on Moderna vaccine

Bread for the City is excited to be added to the vaccine distribution efforts here in the Nation’s Capital. We are expecting 400 doses for DC area frontline staff and medical providers. We are hoping to give out the vaccines before the end of January. As soon as we have given out the first 400 doses we are excited to receive the next shipment to get the vaccines out to our community. I received the opportunity to speak with Dr. Randi Abramson, Chief Medical Officer, about Bread for the City’s plan to distribute the Moderna vaccine.

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Kenrick Thomas

December 23, at 9:00 am

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Bread for the City provides Moderna vaccine to essential workers

We received 400 doses, the bulk of the doses will be for DC area frontline staff and medical providers who will be referred by the DC Health Department. Many people are scared and don’t feel as if they’re ready to take the vaccine, and that’s perfectly reasonable. Have an open mind and be willing to change your mind once you have all the information.

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December 29, at 7:16 pm

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Holiday Helpings

Thank you for supporting Holiday Helpings this year and enabling us to provide gift cards to families and individuals who are struggling during the pandemic. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.