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Spreading Holiday Joy: Bread for the City’s Successful Holiday Helpings Campaign

‘Tis the season of giving, and this year, Bread for the City’s Holiday Helpings campaign went above and beyond in spreading joy and warmth throughout the community. With the collective efforts of donors, volunteers, and staff, the organization successfully distributed a staggering 12,500 holiday bags filled with holiday meats, groceries, and fresh produce.

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Summer 2022 Farmers Market Dates!

Bread for the City’s Farmers Market is open to the general public beginning at 10 am until we run out of produce. We hold the market on the second Friday of the month at our Northwest Center (1525 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) and the fourth Friday of the month at our Southeast Center (1700 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020). Do you want to lend a helping hand at a farmers market? You can sign up here:

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Meet the artist behind our Holiday Helpings design!

Connecting community and art is a unique skill many artists bring to light. It’s incredible how a piece of artwork can get an entire community together, and it’s something Juan Pineda has mastered over the past 20 years. Pineda is a DC-based mural artist who owns Criomatic Designs. He created Bread for the City’s new Holiday Helpings design, which can be seen on t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise to raise money for low-income DC community members during the holiday season. We sat down with Juan recently to learn more about his work in the community, here’s what he had to say!

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Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff, volunteers at BFC

Second Gentlemen, Doug Emhoff, encourages everyone to volunteer and support a nonprofit organization this holiday season. Thank you for volunteering with us

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Holiday Helpings 2021 – Client Testimony

Two Holiday Helpings recipients discuss the importance of getting a debit card this year versus a turkey or ham. They talked about the freedom of making their own choices and how it’s a better fit for their family.

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Client explains the importance of Holiday Helpings this year

The ongoing pandemic continues to devastate underserved communities and the many families who rely on Bread for the City’s services. A nearly 20-year BFC client and DC native, Audrey Station, faces financial challenges exacerbated by recent supply shortages and inflation caused by the pandemic’s lingering effects. Station, who is disabled and bed-bound, is looking forward to receiving her $75 debit card, which will help her provide food and necessities for her family. 


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Bread for the City and Amazon Come Together to Support Families this Holiday Season

Bread for the City (BFC), a direct service non-profit in the nation’s capital, will serve 15,000 DC families through its annual Holiday Helpings program this season. An almost 30-year tradition, Holiday Helpings runs through November and December each year and, prior to the pandemic, provided families with their holiday turkey or ham and all the trimmings. In 2020 and 2021, the program pivoted to provide direct cash giving through debit cards in order to offer flexibility and choice to families struggling during the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Holiday Helpings Halftime Show LIVE!

Watch the Holiday Helpings Halftime Show Live, hosted by Poet Taylor from WPGC 95.5. Sponsored by PepsiCo and Amazon. Click here to watch! It’s featuring Friendship Public Charter School marching band, a performance from Mark The Keep and Yearby B, client features, and live interviews with Bread for the City CEO George Jones and Vice President of External Affairs for PepsiCo Kenny Thompson, Jr. It’s hosted by Poet Taylor from WPGC 95.5. #HH2021

Bread for the City will be closed on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day