Holiday Helpings Fundraising Drives - Bread for the City

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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.

It costs just $32 to sponsor a family of four this season. Join us!

With your support in 2017, we raised over $485,000 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 or more for Holiday Helpings? Contact us at or 202.480.8970.

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Want to get involved?

Organize a fundraising drive! This is a great way to share the holidays with your colleagues, friends, family, and neighbors. Setting up your fundraising page takes just a few minutes, but your impact will last much longer.

Download our Holiday Helpings Drive Kit here or follow these simple instructions to get started:

  • Visit
  • Enter your page title, fundraising goal, and your contact information (if you have an existing log in from previous years, you can follow those prompts, or create a new one).
    • Note for corporations: If you do not want your own name to appear on the page, use your company name for the first and last name.
  • Click Submit.
  • Choose a profile picture! This is optional but will add a nice personal touch.
  • Personal story: Why are you participating in Holiday Helpings? You are more than welcome to write something up or use the auto-populated text.
  • Share your page on your social media platforms for optimum exposure!
  • Donate to your page: this shows potential donors that you are committed!
  • Once you have created your drive page, you will receive an email with your unique URL.

Need some ideas to get you started? Check out Bread for the City’s Campaign Page for suggested language and graphics.

Need some tips and tricks to maximize your success? Download tips and sample outreach here and download a graphic to share on social media here.

Need additional assistance? Email and we’ll be happy to help!

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

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. 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!