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.

Statement on the Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by CEO George A. Jones

2020 has delivered one blow after another, now we have received a real gut punch with the heartbreaking news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost her courageous battle with cancer.

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.

Sign Up for Food Delivery During COVID-19

#stayhome #staysafe

Click here to sign up for grocery delivery

Things are difficult for many right now. We’re glad to share what we have. Call 202-265-2400 or click the link below to have a bag of groceries delivered.  You can also pick up pre-packed groceries from the front of our NW building between the hours of 8:30 am-12 noon Monday through Friday. Please note that we are unable to deliver to addresses outside of DC at this time.

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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“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

Purple Thursday

15 Oct
Thursday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Holiday Helpings

01 Nov
Sunday
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Holiday Closings

26 Nov
Thursday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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(UPDATE) COVID-19 Response from Bread for the City

As we continue to adjust to our temporary “new normal,” Bread for the City is making innovative changes to continue serving our community while many staff remain safe and sheltered in place. Check here for updates!

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April 9, at 7:00 am

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Bread for the City Submits Testimony On Public Benefits Access Issues

Language barriers, long wait times, and a lack of communication often prevent our clients from accessing benefits in a timely manner. Today, we took our concerns directly to the DC Council.

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January 29, at 11:48 am

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Bread for the City Attorney’s Fight to Protect Public Housing Tenants Reaches DC Council

From the courtroom to the city council, Bread for the City attorneys are going to bat for public housing tenants across the city. Read on to find out what’s being done at the City Council to protect public housing tenants from displacement.

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January 28, at 12:39 pm

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