Bread for the City – Helping People

The Michelle Obama Southeast Center of Bread for the City

We are so excited to announce that our brand-new Southeast Center, will be known as The Michelle Obama Southeast Center of Bread for the City. We are proud to honor First Lady Michelle Obama with the naming of our new, expanded center.

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Do you need diapers?

Bread for the City distributes diapers each month from our new Southeast Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays to low-income community members in DC. You must be a DC resident to receive diapers. Please include your complete name, address, and phone number on the request form. Please only submit a request one time each month.


The Clothing Room is back!

We are going to open, but are still not able to accept donations. Visiting our clothing room will be by appointment only at this time. For safety purposes, we will be limiting it to two people every half hour.

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Walk Up Moderna Vaccines

We are offering walk-up vaccines at our Southeast Center on Mondays and Wednesdays and at our Northwest Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 pm. It’s open to the community and no appointment is needed.

We’re Building on Good Hope!

Bread for the City built a new 28,132 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 Information!

#stayhome #staysafe

Food Delivery Program 

Fill in your information for grocery delivery. Deliveries are made Monday-Friday. Each time you sign up, you will receive one delivery. Please register yourself only one time each week and be sure to include your full address and phone number.

Llene su información para una entrega. Se hacen entregas de lunes a viernes. Cada vez que se registra, va a recibir una entrega. Para más entregas, complete este formulario de nuevo. Por favor regístrese una vez por semana y asegúrese de incluir su dirección completa y su número de teléfono.

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

Farmers Market 2021

14 May
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Rebecca Lindhurst wins the 2021 Scoutt Prize

It feels good to be rewarded for your hard work, especially when it’s benefiting the community.  Congratulations to Rebecca Lindhurst, she was selected by The District of Columbia Bar Foundation as the 2021 Jerrold Scoutt Prize recipient. It’s awarded to attorneys who have a history of working in the nonprofit sector, especially those providing direct services to low-income communities. Rebecca is a Managing Attorney for Bread for the City’s housing practice and Community Lawyering Project and has worked for the organization since 2002.  I interviewed Rebecca about receiving this award and why her community work is important for residents in DC.

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September 8, at 11:54 am

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The Community Lawyering Project partners with organizers for affordable housing

Many people in Washington D.C. are still struggling to find a consistent income to pay their rent and people still need assistance because of the pandemic. Last month, Bread for the City attorney, Jack Meaney  the Festival of Tenants, a community event held by the Cancel Rent Coalition in D.C., where there were informational booths, community activities, and resources for tenants. The event was held in Ward 5 to target Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, who has not yet pledged his support for the coalition’s demands.

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August 21, at 12:43 pm

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A Day in the Life of a Nurse at Bread for the City

Before reading this blog post, I want you to stop and think about the word “Nurse.”

Like most people, I’m sure a few images enter your subconscious thoughts. Bedpans, stiff white scrubs, or maybe you have seen a few too many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and envision a steamy scene with Dr. McHottie. (Tempting for a mid-afternoon daydream!) But for me, nursing is much more of a phenomenon than that.

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Give Today!

Bread for the City’s services are made possible through the support of thousands of donors like you. Without your support, we would not be able to provide the food, clothing, social, legal, advocacy, and medical services that we do to 10,000 DC residents every month. Thank you!

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