Building on Good Hope

Bread for the City is building a new 30,000 square foot center at 1710 Good Hope Road SE. You can help!
Join us in the effort to improve the overall client experience in DC’s Anacostia community.

People won’t have to beat the odds
if we change the odds.

- George A. Jones, CEO, Bread for the City

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.

Our Programs

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Food

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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Clothing

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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Advocacy

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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Upcoming Events

SE Free Farmers Market

28 Sep
Friday

Bread for the City's free Farmers Market is available to members of the general public while supplies last.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

NW Free Farmers Market

05 Oct
Friday

Bread for the City's free Farmers Market is available to members of the general public while supplies last.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

SE Free Farmers Market

26 Oct
Friday

Bread for the City's free Farmers Market is available to members of the general public while supplies last.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Featured

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Put Me Out of Business

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?

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May 24, at 9:31 am

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Where We Stand: The Demolition of D.C. General

What this seems to be about, is keeping promises at the expense of people. But our question remains, promises to who?

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August 2, at 2:30 pm

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Chairman’s Corner: Why Are We Here?

Bread for the City’s Chairman of the Board, Paul R. Taskier, reflects on poverty, racism, food justice, the wealth gap, and why Bread for the City does what we do.

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September 21, at 3:23 pm

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Why We Oppose the Evictions with Dignity Act — And You Should Too

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.

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July 9, at 2:54 pm

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Wet shoes and a warm heart

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.

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May 18, at 1:09 pm

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What BFC Expansion Means for DC

Bread for the City’s CEO George A. Jones provides an overview of the potential impact of our new Southeast Center.

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May 16, at 11:07 am

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