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1525 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001



1640 Good Hope Road, SE Washington DC, 20020




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Bread for the City is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services, free of charge, to low-income residents of Washington, DC. Our services include food, clothing, medical care, legal assistance, and social services. In Fiscal Year 2011, we provided assistance to more than 34,000 people.


Local Government 30%

Individuals 32%

Total Program 87%

Legal Services Services 18%

Medical Services Services 20%

Social Services vices 19%

“When I came to Bread for the City, City I’d just gone through a divorce. I had I’ nothing. I was sick, and had needed ten surgeries. Stacey saw sa how I looked and how I felt and said ‘we can help you.’ you.’”

Food and Clothing Program 20%

Program Reserve 10%

Fundraising 8%

Administrative 5%

Total Supporting Services 13%

In FY11, donations of cash, goods and services were used in the following way: wer

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FFounda oundations 25%

Corporations Corpora tions 9%

Religious Organizations Organiza 2% Federal Government 2%

We received r $6,835,178 of financial support in FY11 (July 1, 2010–June 30, 2011), and in-kind donations of goods and services totaling $1,117,766.

Financial Support


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“I came in need of help. And I found much more than I had ever expected.”

Bread for the City staff and pro bono attorneys provide free legal advice and representation in areas of housing, family, and disability law. In FY11, 3,341 individuals received advice, referrals, or even full representation from our legal clinic.

Bread for the City’s food pantries provide a three days’ supply of groceries each month to families with children, the elderly, and the disabled, all with incomes at or below the federal food stamp guidelines. In FY11, 28,388 unique clients received help from our food program—many of whom visited us multiple times throughout the year.

All of our services are provided to residents of Washington, DC on-site and in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

OUR services

“You’re not just a problem to be solved, or set aside somehow. You’re a human being and they’re here for you.”

Our free medical clinic provides holistic primary care — including examinations, job physicals, screenings, pediatrics, gynecology and more. In FY11, we served 2,498 patients through 9,782 medical visits.

“This new building takes the breath away. Folks always knew that they had a friend in Bread for the City. Now, they have a home.”

Bread for the City provides case management, job readiness training, public benefits assistance, and referral services. In FY11, our caseworkers and volunteers performed 11,327 intake interviews and conducted an additional 12,773 client visits. Case managers also helped 800 mentally ill clients manage their finances through the Representative Payee Program.

Bread for the City offers a set of on-site education opportunities for clients to develop self-sufficiency and important life skills — such as job readiness coaching, computer literacy classes, and cooking and gardening workshops.

Drawing upon the 50 expertise of our staff and the vision of our clients, our advocacy program offers policy analysis, issue education, and community media training to help members of our community address and rectify the systemic causes of poverty.

The Southeast clothing room is stocked entirely by donations, and operates with the assistance of thousands of volunteer hours each year. In FY11, Bread for the City distributed 75,462 items of casual and professional clothing to clients in need.

SOUTHEAST CENTER 1640 Good Hope Road SE Phone: 202-561-8587

Give to us through the Combined Federal Campaign (#61733) or United Way (#8219) Mail a donation to 1525 7th Street NW DC, 20001. Make checks payable to Bread for the City, or fill out this form below:

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Donate materials. Nutritious, non-perishable food and seasonal clothing are always needed.


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(EIN: 26-3407327)

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There are many ways you can give to Bread for the City!


NORTHWEST CENTER 1525 7th Street NW Phone: 202-265-2400

INTAKE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 9am-11:30am and 1pm-4:30pm; Friday 9am-11:30am

BREAD FOR THE CITY IS OPEN: Monday –Thursday 9 am-5 pm and Friday 9 am-12 pm Any District resident may walk into Bread for the City during our intake hours to learn more about our programs.


Bread for the City brochure - FY12  

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