Celebrating Community Voices, Sharing Holiday Joy! - Bread for the City

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Holiday Helpings is Back!

As we embark on our 31st year, we’re excited to distribute holiday turkeys, chickens, fixings, and fresh groceries to the DC community from November 1st to November 21st (except Veterans Day, November 10th), Monday through Friday, 9 AM-4 PM.

This year, we have a few exciting changes:
  • Clients have a choice between a whole turkey or chicken
  • In addition to on-site distribution, we’re expanding our delivery service to directly reach clients living in over 40 residential buildings across the city
  • We’ll spread joy with music from 12-2 PM every Friday until November 21
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Get Your Holiday Bag

Who: You must be a Bread for the City client and have visited Bread for the City for any of our services at least two times in 2023.

What: Clients will choose between a whole chicken or turkey for protein, a bag of Thanksgiving fixings and sides, and fresh seasonal groceries. We will not give out debit cards this year.

When: November 1 to November 21, 2023, except November 10. 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

Northwest Center: 1525 7th St NW, Washington, DC (Shaw/Howard Metro Station)
Southeast Center: 1700 Good Hope RD SE, Washington, DC (Anacostia Metro Station)

How: Please bring a current DC ID OR picture ID with proof of DC residency within three months (lease information, mail with DC address, or current DC health insurance card). One bag per household, please.

Bread for the City will also meet people where they are – we’ll span over 40 residential buildings, traveling directly to our clients to expand our delivery services. We will be sharing more information about this initiative soon.

How to Support Our Holiday Helpings Program:

  1. Donate to provide holiday meals to our DC neighbors! Any amount makes a difference,
  2. Organize a food or clothing drive: Here’s what we ask for.
  3. Support in style: Purchase Holiday Helpings merch!

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What is Holiday Helpings?

Holiday Helpings is an annual Bread for the City program to share a little extra joy with our community members during the holiday season. Going on its 31st year, Holiday Helpings provides a turkey (or a chicken), holiday fixings, and fresh produce for thousands of DC families living on low income.

Why Does Bread for the City Host Holiday Helpings?

At Bread for the City, we believe no one should go without. We’re inviting you to fill a holiday table this Thanksgiving! Our mission is to provide DC families with supportive services with dignity and respect, and what better way to do that than to be there for them during the holiday season?

What Are Your Goals for Holiday Helpings?

Bread for the City seeks to provide 12,500 households with their Thanksgiving turkey, or chicken, and holiday groceries to provide our community with the staples they need to celebrate Thanksgiving their way – should that mean cornbread stuffing and yams or extra green beans and grandma’s prized casserole recipe. Providing groceries helps our community members to celebrate their traditions at home with loved ones.

How Much Does Holiday Helpings Cost?

To support 12,500 households this year, Bread for the City needs to raise $1,200,000 in contributions from neighbors like you. This support includes the food cost of $68 per family, staffing and delivery costs to distribute Holiday Helpings groceries to seniors and those with disabilities at their homes, and distribution at our community centers.

What Will My Donation Go Towards?

100% of your donation will provide holiday foods to DC neighbors in need so everyone can celebrate this special time of year.

To make a difference, you can donate here today. We also invite you to spread the word about Holiday Helpings with your coworkers, family, and loved ones. Historically, 25-50% of our fundraising success stemmed from the collective efforts of our supportive community in organizing peer fundraising drives.

Together, we can make the holidays extra special for our DC neighbors!

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bread for the City will be closed on Friday, September 22. We apologize for the inconvenience.