Volunteering at Bread for the City


Thank you to our 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 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.
  • 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!

Volunteer Information Sessions 

  • Northwest Center – Tuesday, November 4th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Southeast Center – Monday, November 17th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Please RSVP to attend an Information Session by contacting volunteer@breadforthecity.org.

Check out our current opportunities for individuals here!

Interested in internships? See our available internship opportunities!

Holiday Season Group Volunteer Opportunities

Holiday Helpings Logo

Bread for the City’s Holiday Helpings campaign provides low-income DC residents with a turkey and all of the trimmings so that they may enjoy a celebratory holiday meal at home with their families. You can help us meet our goal of providing over 9,000 holiday meals this season by organizing a group of colleagues, family member or friends to volunteer!

Holiday Helpings volunteer groups help us to pre-pack our holiday meal bags so that we can quickly and efficiently distribute them to clients. The activity is fun, fast-paced, and provides the opportunity for volunteers to make a tangible difference.

We currently have opportunities for group of up to 10 volunteers to help at our SE Center from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 10th
  • Wednesday, November 12th

To sign up, please reach a Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@breadforthecity.org or 202-595-7865.

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 volunteer@breadforthecity.org or reach a Volunteer Coordinator by phone at 202-595-7865.

Fruit Harvests at City OrchardCity Orchard 1

UDC Muirkirk Research Farm
12001 Old Baltimore Pike
Beltsville, MD 20705

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description: Every Wednesday during the growing season, volunteers are needed to help tend several varieties of crops, including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, persimmons and Asian pears. All of the fruit grown and harvested at City Orchard will be distributed to DC residents in need through Bread for the City’s two food pantry locations. Additionally, Bread for the City can provide transportation and train volunteers on-stite. All experience and skill levels are welcome!

Number of Volunteers Needed: All are welcome, including individuals and groups of up 15

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from approximately 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (specific times can be flexible) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 5th
  • Wednesday, November 12th

Many more dates are available as well. Please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org to discuss additional opportunities.

Free Farmers Markets

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description: Volunteers will help bag and distribute fresh produce to our clients in an outside market at our Southeast Center. These events take place rain or shine. Please ensure your volunteer group is dressed properly for the weather.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 4-5

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM on the following date:

  • Friday, October 31st – Southeast Location

Clothing Program Group Opportunityphoto (4)

Southeast Location
1640 Good Hope Road SE

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description: Volunteers will 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

This opportunity is available for two or three hour-long shifts during the following times:

  • Mondays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Food Pantry Group OpportunityCity Year

Northwest Location
1525 7th Street NW

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org.

Description: Volunteers will help sort and bag fresh food donations, including fresh produce and bread. This food is then directly distributed to our Food Pantry clients.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 5-10

This opportunity is available during the following times:

  • Tuesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM


Professional Opportunities

We currently do not have any professional volunteer opportunities open. Please check back later.