One in eight DC households
struggles with hunger.
The hunger problem in DC results from a lack of access —
not only a lack of access to food, but a lack of access to nutrition.
Bread for the City seeks to overcome the District’s hunger problem using a four-pronged approach:
- Our food pantry provides nutritious groceries to families experiencing hardship. We provided food to more than 24,000 DC residents experiencing hunger last year.
- Our new City Orchard project will grow 45,000 pounds of food per year to stock our pantry. Not to toot our own horn, but we’re actually the only poverty relief agency in the country that grows its own food at this level (toot, toot!). We also offer a variety of educational opportunities at our rooftop gardens.
- Our medical clinic offers healthy cooking demonstrations and healthy recipes in every grocery bag. There’s also exercise and nutrition programming that includes fun classes like yoga and cooking lessons!
- Our advocacy & community engagement team works with local residents and legislators to address the root causes of food deserts and to create sustainable, innovative and community-driven solutions to hunger.