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Holiday Helpings 2021

Bread for the City is excited about Holiday Helpings for 2021. It’s going to be a great year to help our community members who are still impacted by the pandemic. We are still giving our clients the power to make their own decisions by using a $75 debit card for how they see fit.

Holiday Helpings is an opportunity for BFC to provide critical support and address the uncertainty that many are facing during the holidays due to the ongoing public health crisis. This year’s program will be about doing more for those facing some of the toughest times they can remember.

Let’s Do More!

Bread for the City is continuing to provide the tools necessary for people to make empowering life decisions, even during our Holiday Helpings campaign. The pandemic has affected a lot of people in different ways, many people still won’t celebrate a traditional holiday meal, but we will still provide support to our neighbors during these challenging times.

Last year, we provided nearly 17,000 families with $50 debit cards to either purchase their holiday meal at a grocery store or for something that is more fit for their needs. This year, we are continuing that same model because we’re still in a pandemic and it’s what the community wants.

Learn more below or contact

Donate to Holiday Helpings

Get Involved?

There are many ways to support our Holiday Helpings tradition including:

By hosting a fundraising drive you are making a commitment to BFC families to raise money to support our work. We’ll help with the heavy lifting by providing you with all of the tools that you need to be successful! Check out our 2021 Drive tool kit for tips + tricks, social media, and even emails that you can send out to family and friends.

Host a Fundraising Drive

Celebrate with our community by sponsoring a family or more this season. A $75 donation provides a family of four the option to spend this holiday season making memories.

Sponsor Families

Volunteer your time and help a family. With your help, we will feed thousands of DC residents living on low incomes during the holiday season. We hope you’ll join the effort!

Volunteer your time


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

Do You Need a Debit Card?

Unfortunately, registration for our Holiday Helpings debit card has ended. We are not able to accept new registrations.
  • If you are a DC Resident in need of food assistance: Please Click Here
  • If you are a DC Resident in need of clothing assistance: Please Click Here
  • If you are a DC Resident in need of diapers, please call 202-301-1657
Thank you to all of our Holiday Helpings supporters!

Effective Monday, August 1st:

Bread for the City will begin distributing groceries at the front door of both centers Mon-Thurs, 9a-4p. No groceries will be distributed on Fridays, but we will still have farmer’s markets once a month at each center!