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Former Legal Director Vytas V. Vergeer receives Mayoral Proclamation on August 1st.

“One in three families in the District lives in poverty. So, even though this region is one of the wealthiest regions in the country, there are literally 200,000 people in Washington, DC living in poverty in a city of 600,000 people,” said CEO George A. Jones in a Voice of America story on May 2.

Bread for the City’s overdose-preventing Narcan kit program was featured on an NBC Washington story on Mar. 15 on the spike of heroin overdose deaths in the area.


CEO George A. Jones and Client Advisory Board member Denice Speed represented Bread for the City in a feature on NBC 4’s 12 Days of Giving special on Dec. 16.

AFP featured Bread for the City in a Nov. 27 report on the impact of cuts to food stamps and the great need for food in Washington, DC.

PressTV on Nov. 6 reported on the impact of federal cuts to food stamps and the increased need for food pantries. Kristin Foti, Chief Development Officer, and a Bread for the City client were interviewed.

“I’m barely making it,” says Adrianne, a Bread for the City client, in an Oct. 31 CBS News report on federal cuts to food stamps.

A BBC story on Aug. 27 about racism in the District featured our Southeast Social Services Program Director, Lynda Brown, and community organizer, Judy Hawkins.

An NBC Washington article on June 12 shares how Bread for the City and other local organizations are working to keep people fed with healthy, nutritious foods.

“There may be still close to 100,000 people living, if not more, living in poverty here in Washington, DC,” says George Jones, Bread for the City Chief Executive Officer, in a June 10 WUSA 9 story on our medical clinic.

“Everyone deserves access to fresh produce,” says urban agriculture guy, Jeffrey Wankel, in a May 15 Street Sense article about the ways that Bread for the City’s rooftop gardens expand access to healthy food.

“That number to me says something is wrong,” says Jessie Posilikin, our information management specialist, in a Washington City Paper story on May 2 about bringing Internet access to low-income DC residents.

The Washington Post on Apr. 4 quoted Senior Social Worker and Housing Access Program (HAP) Manager Stacey Johnson in a report on the closure of the DCHA’s public housing waiting list.

“If you cook it right, it tastes just like beef,” said one Bread for the City client who benefited from a deer meat donation this February. This Mar. 18 article in the Washington Post traces the life of that deer — from hunter to the hungry.

The Jewish Food Experience blog on Jan. 31 profiled Bread for the City’s City Orchard, a project with Casey Trees to expand fresh food access to low-income communities.

For those who don’t know that they have a true gift, they snuff themselves out,” says social services case manager Stacey Smith in a Jan. 22 video series in the Washington Post about the lives of black men in Washington, DC.


The Washington City Paper on Nov. 26 quoted Bread for the City’s information management specialist, Jessie Posilkin, in an article about Mayor Gray’s plans to bring citywide Internet access in DC.

The Prince of Petworth blog on Nov. 19 featured a letter from development associate of events, Emily Schneider, about our Holiday Helpings campaign goal to feed 9,000 hungry District residents.

BisNow reported Nov. 9 that Bread for the City has been awarded the 2012 Technology Innovation Award from 501cTech for our medical clinic’s Patient Portal. Development associate of grants, Kristen Kozlowski, and information management specialist, Jessie Posilkin, accepted the award.

Chief Development Officer Kristin Valentine as well as Bread for the City clients and volunteers were featured in an ABC7 story on Nov. 14 about our annual Holiday Helpings campaign to bring holiday meals to DC’s most vulnerable residents.

If you don’t fall into one of these groups and you’re poor and can’t pay your rent, the housing list is your only real source of hope,” said Housing Practice Supervisor Rebecca Lindhurst in a Washington City Paper article on Nov. 4 about the closure of the public housing wait list.

PBS’ Nightly Business Report on Sept. 12 interviewed social services case manager, Stacey Smith, on high poverty rates in the US.

PressTV reported Sept. 7 on Bread for the City’s efforts to meet the rising food demand in the District. Nutrition consultant, Sharon Gruber, was interviewed.

An Aug. 5 NPR blog features Bread for the City’s SE Clothing Room — known as the “boutique” among clients.

A Worldwatch Instute blog on Aug. 4 featured news about our City Orchard, which helps fill our food pantry with healthy fruits and vegetables.

“We are able to provide access to fruit they’ve never had,” said Ryan Hill, associate director of development, in a May 17 article in StreetSense.

“It’s a huge project for a food pantry to take on, but it’s in line with our nutrition initiative to provide balanced options,” said urban agricultural specialist Jeffrey Wankel in an April 12 article in the Washington Post about our Glean for the City initiative. Kristin Valentine, director of development, was also quoted.

“There is a close relationship between dental health and overall health,” said medical clinic director Randi Abramson in a February 20 article in WAMU’s DCentric. Kristin Valentine, director of development, was also quoted in the piece.


“No butter, no sugar, no honey, no nothing,”
says Bread for the City nutrition consultant, Sharon Gruber, in a Nov. 18 WAMU-88.9 FM story on our City Orchard.

“Give me the basic necessities,” says Bread for the City social services case manager, Stacey Smith, in an Aug. 31 Washington Post article about what motivates him to serve his community.