Volunteering at Bread for the City


Bread for the City and our volunteer program will be closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 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, December 9th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Southeast Center  – Monday, December 15th 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!

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.

Free Farmers MarketsPhoto 2

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 markets and then distribute produce directly to the community.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10-15

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

  • Friday, January 9th – Northwest Center
  • Friday, January 30th – Southeast Center
  • Friday, February 6th – Northwest Center
  • Friday, February 27th – Southeast Center
  • Friday, March 6th – Northwest Center
  • Friday, March 27th – Southeast Center

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

City OrchardCity Orchard 1

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

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

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-site. 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, December 3rd

Please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org to discuss additional opportunities.

Clothing Program Group Opportunityphoto (4)

Southeast Location
1640 Good Hope Road SE

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

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

This opportunity is available for two or three hour-long shifts 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

Food Pantry Group OpportunityCity Year

Northwest Location
1525 7th Street NW

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org.

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: 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.