Bread for the City – Helping People

Holiday Helpings November 1st – December 24th

Last year we celebrated with 11,000 neighbors with turkeys, hams, and all the fixings. This year we are expanding our reach to 15,000 families and offering more options to our neighbors for ways to receive a holiday helping.

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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.

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.

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Holiday Helpings 

Due to high demand, the gift card request form is currently closed.

Debido a la gran demanda, el registro de la tarjeta de regalo está cerrado en este momento.

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 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

Holiday Helpings

01 Nov
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Holiday Closings

26 Nov
12:00 am - 11:59 pm


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Bread for the City Working with Amazon to Expand Housing Justice

Bread for the City, a direct services agency in Washington, DC, that serves over 32,000 DC residents living on low incomes, has received $750,000 in immediate support of its Legal Clinic’s housing law efforts. Bread for the City’s attorneys work to increase access to affordable and stable housing for residents of Washington, DC in the face of redevelopment, displacement, and discrimination. They prevent or delay eviction, prevent termination from critically-needed subsidy programs, and represent tenants and tenant associations.

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November 16, at 10:42 am

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A Conversation about Holiday Helpings with Lauren Taylor

Our community members are in deep need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many low-income families are struggling with employment, food security, and mental health. The holiday season is here, but celebrating with family and friends may not be a priority to everyone. Holiday Helpings this year is about turning tradition into progress, we’re providing the necessary tools for people to make their own decisions. This year Lauren Taylor, Representative Payee Benefits Coordinator, created a classy page to help raise funds for Holiday Helpings. We got the chance to speak with Lauren about her participation this year.

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November 18, at 1:16 pm

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Upworthy highlights Bread for the City!

To help give back to Bread for the City and other incredible charities, simply shop with AmazonSmile at no extra cost to you.

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November 18, at 3:47 pm

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Holiday Helpings

Holiday Helpings is different this year, but your support is still needed. You can help us raise $1,000,000 for 15,000 families who are impacted by this pandemic.