Volunteering at Bread for the City


Thank you to the network of dedicated volunteers who make our work possible!

Opportunities for Individuals

Most of Bread for the City’s individual volunteer opportunities are appropriate for regularly attending volunteers who make a weekly commitment for a minimum period of at least three months. To join our team of regular volunteers, we ask individual volunteers to meet the following guidelines:

  • Serve one shift weekly or biweekly, either 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm, Monday through Friday (excluding Friday afternoons)
  • Make at least a 3-month commitment to their shift to ensure a service stable environment for our clients. This is a minimum guideline, and we invite you to serve as long as you like.
  • Be accompanied by an adult if you are 15-17 years of age
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to either of our centers, located at 1525 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20001 or 1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020. Please note: We can provide transportation assistance for Client Volunteers.

If you can commit to these guidelines, the next step is to attend a Volunteer Information Session.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

  • Southeast Center – Wednesday, February 11th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Check out our current opportunities for individuals here

Interested in internships? See our available internship opportunities.

Opportunities for Groups

There are many ways for groups of volunteers to get involved at Bread for the City! If your group would like to serve, please contact a Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Free Farmers MarketsCity Year

Bread for the City hosts a Free Farmers Market at each of our service centers once per month. Through our Free Farmers Markets, anyone in the community can receive a free bag of fresh produce. Volunteers help us to set up the outdoor markets and then distribute produce directly to community members.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10-15

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from 9:00 – 12:30 PM on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 29th
  • Friday, June 5th
  • Friday, June 26th
  • Friday, July 10th
  • Friday, July 31st

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Saturday “Crop Mobs” at City OrchardCity Orchard 1

Every second Saturday from April through November, we are seeking volunteers to help tend several varieties of crops, including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, persimmons and Asian pears at City Orchard, Bread for the City’s fruit orchard in Beltsville, MD. All of the fruit grown and harvested at City Orchard is distributed to Bread for the City clients through our two food pantry locations.

Bread for the City can provide transportation and on-site volunteer training. All experience and skill levels are welcome!

Volunteer shifts will run from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, not inclusive of travel time, on the Saturday dates below:

  • April 11th
  • May 9th
  • June 13th
  • July 11th
  • August 8th
  • September 12th
  • October 10th

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Food Pantry Group OpportunityPhoto 2

Northwest Center
1525 7th Street NW

Bread for the City’s food pantries provide a three day supply of groceries to hundreds of clients each day. Volunteers help to sort and pack fresh food donations into family-sized servings so that we can quickly and efficiently distribute it to our clients.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 4-6

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 5th
  • Thursday, April 2nd
  • Thursday, May 7th
  • Thursday, June 4th
  • Thursday, July 9th

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Clothing Program Group Opportunityphoto (4)

Southeast Center
1640 Good Hope Road SE

Bread for the City’s clothing program distributes seasonal and professional clothing and household items through a “free thrift store” model. Clothing program volunteer groups help to sort donations, hang and merchandise items, and keep our clothing room neat and tidy so that clients have a dignified and respectful experience.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5-10

We are currently seeking volunteers to help during the following times:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:00 to 4:00 PM

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Professional Opportunities

We currently do not have any professional volunteer opportunities open. Please check for future opportunities.