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A Holiday Tradition

At Bread for the City, we believe nobody should have to forego holidays, celebrations, and family traditions regardless of their ability to pay. That is why every year during the months of November and December, we rally together to raise money to provide DC community members living on low-incomes with a turkey and all the trimmings. Holiday Helpings is a longstanding and cherished Bread for the City tradition that provides 9,000 DC families with a holiday meal every year.

With your support, we raised over $485,000 in 2017 to sustain our food program and to provide our neighbors living on low incomes with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings to enjoy at home with family and friends. Thank you!

Want to sponsor a family for Holiday Helpings? Contact us at holidayhelpings@breadforthecity.org or 202.480.8908.

Need a holiday meal kit? Please see our guidelines and information on obtaining food here. You can also call 202-480-8920 for more information.

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In 2017, Bread for the City raised over $485,000 through Holiday Helpings!

Want to get involved?

• Celebrate with our community by sponsoring a family or more this season. Just $32 provides a complete holiday meal kit to a family of four. Donate here.

• Host a fundraising drive! It’s fun, easy, and is a great way to get your family, friends, and colleagues involved. Setting up a donation page takes just two minutes and we’re here to help every step of the way! You can download your drive kit here or visit this page for more information. Last year, fundraising drives raised over $300,000 to fund 8,000 holiday meal kits and support our food program year-round. Plus, there are some great incentives to participants!

• Volunteer! With your help, we will feed thousands of low-income DC residents during the Thanksgiving season. During November, there are packing shifts almost every day.  We hope you’ll join the effort!

Host a Fundraising Drive Volunteer

Visit Bread for the City on Flickr to see images from past Holiday Helpings seasons!

Do You Need a Holiday Meal?

DC residents living with low incomes who fully certify with Bread for the City are eligible for our Holiday Helpings food supplement. To be fully certified, you must provide proof of identity, proof of address (or proof of access to a cooking facility), proof of income, and proof of spouse and/or dependents (if applicable). Click Get Food on our Food Program page for complete instructions. Eligible clients have incomes at 200% or less of the federal poverty line. Bread for the City requires a one-time registration and an annual re-certification for clients. Please call 202-480-8920 for more information.


2017 Holiday Helpings Sponsors

  • Esther Adetunji
  • ASAE: The Center Association Leadership
  • Ally Blaine
  • Blank Rome
  • Ashley Bucci
  • Jessica DelVecchio
  • Brie Garner
  • Goodwin Procter
  • Erik Johnson
  • Stacey, Amanda, & Robin Johnson
  • Kilpatrick Townsend LLP
  • Lerman Senter PLLC
  • Andrea Messina
  • Mintz Levin
  • Ashley Moore
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Nest DC
  • Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Results for Development
  • Paul Taskier
  • Emmy Torruellas
  • David Umansky
  • Griffin & Owen Vaughan
  • Wiley Rein
  • Wilkinson Walsk Eskovitz
  • Emily Zia
Thank you to all of our Holiday Helpings sponsors and supporters!