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~Bread for the City runs a food pantry for homeless or low income individuals in D.C. The pantry has 2 locations, one in their Northwest Center and one in their Southeast Center.
~ “Eligible clients are residents of the District of Columbia who have incomes at 200% or less of the federal poverty line.”
~ “Bread for the City requires a one-time registration and an annual re-certification.”
~What to bring on your first visit:
~~Proof of positive identity including one of the following: Photo ID, Birth certificate or Mail postmarked within 2 months. Other documentation may occasionally be required in special cases.
**No one will be turned away from receiving services at Bread for the City because they do not have a photo ID.  If you don’t have an ID during your first visit to the pantry, you may be asked to answer a security question that can then be used as identification on future visits, if other identification continues to not be available.
~~Proof of address or access to cooking facilities in DC: Rental receipt with recent date, Statement from DHS, Lease (less than 2 years old), Persons living in a shelter must bring proof of access to kitchen, or Mail with client’s name and address. Other documentation may occasionally be required in special cases. (If you live with someone who owns or rents a property, that individual may be asked to provide verification documents.)
~~Proof of Income: Pay stub/ receipt, Letter from DHS (public benefits)/ SSI/ Social Security, Photocopied checks, or Bank statements. Other documentation may occasionally be required in special cases.
~~Proof of spouse and/or dependents, if applicable: Anything bearing child’s name and parent’s current address such as school records, medical bills, rental lease, or TANF documentation. (You will not be able to use the child’s birth certificate, medical card or social security card.), Apartment lease or letter from landlord, or a Letter from DHS/ TANF documents. Other documentation may occasionally be required in special cases.

~Their clothing center is open from Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
~It is located in their Southeast Center.
~They offer “attire, books, and small household goods for various seasons and occasions to our clients and their families.”
~ “All clothing and small goods are donated and provided free of charge. ”
~ “Toiletry packs (often containing soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, or other products) are also distributed through the clothing program.”
~ “Clients may visit the clothing room for 15 minutes one time each week.”

Case Management
~They have case workers to help clients with problem solving and connecting to the resources they need.
~Northwest Center Open Hours: Tuesdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
~Southeast Center Open Hours: Tuesday:  9:30 am – 11:30 am, Wednesday:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Thursday:  9:30 am – 11:30 am
~ In the Pre-employment Program (PEP), “Case Managers conduct initial assessments for clients new to the program. They lead clients in individualized goal setting and in the development of clients’ individual life skills/work readiness plans. Case Managers provide direct weekly support to clients.  In addition, they provide information and referrals to appropriate programs to help clients achieve goals. Case Managers also meet with prospective employers and job training/placement programs in support of participants’ progress toward successful employment.”
~ Also, “Volunteer mentors, called Life Skills Coaches, work individually with each PEP client via telephone, email, and meetings at BFC’s Southeast Center. They help clients develop the skills they are learning in class and reinforce the support and direction that clients receive from their case managers. Life Skills Coaches edit resumes and cover letters, teach clients how to conduct Internet job searches, conduct mock interviews and more. Most importantly, coaches provide our clients with the sense of support and confidence they need to truly enter the workforce.”

Medical Assistance
~ The clinic provides examinations, medications, lab tests, and referrals to patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
~ The medical clinic is located at 1525 7th Street NW.
~ To make a new patient appointment, please call 202.386.7020.
Monday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – Noon

Legal Services
~ “Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic provides advice and representation in three main areas to DC residents living with low-incomes:
~~HOUSING LAW: helping tenants in landlord-tenant and subsidized housing cases.
~~FAMILY/IMMIGRATION LAW: helping survivors of domestic violence in Civil Protection Orders, family law cases (like custody and divorce), and immigration cases (like VAWA self-petitions, U visas, and SIJS), plus helping custodial and non-custodial parents in child support cases.
~~PUBLIC BENEFITS LAW:helping individuals facing problems with getting or keeping public benefits, like TANF, Food Stamps, and Medicaid.”
~Call the Legal Clinic at 202-386-7616
~Call Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.
~ “Please note that Bread for the City cannot guarantee representation in your matter.  Appointments are available on Monday afternoons only.  When appointments are unavailable, we give referrals to other groups that may be able to provide free legal information, advice, or representation.”

Employment Assistance
~As part of the Pre-employment Program (PEP), “Job Readiness Workshops operate for five week sessions, with classes held twice weekly.  Workshop topics include: resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills, work ethics, time management, interpersonal and communication skills, and job retention.”
~ After “PEP clients reach graduation, they enter the workforce development program to put their new skills into action. We help connect graduates with job opportunities, and we even offer paid internships for graduates right here at Bread for the City. Last year, 71% of PEP graduates found work, or entered an educational/job training program.”

Diaper Program
~It operates Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm in the Southeast Center only.
~”Bread for the City distributes diapers each month. In addition, our baby pantry often stocks pull-ups, cereal, bottles, baby wipes, formula, hygiene packets, and other items that support new parents.”
~For additional information, contact Shalonda Carr at [email protected] or 202-561-8587 ext. 5346.
1525 7TH STREET NW, DC 20001
PHONE: 202-265- 2400
Mon-Thu, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday, 8:30 am to Noon
1640 GOOD HOPE ROAD SE, DC 20020
PHONE: 202-561- 8587
Mon-Thu, 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, 9 am to Noon

Last updated: 08.08.19