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Washington DC free food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks.

Several different food banks, soup kitchens and free emergency pantries exist in the city of Washington DC. The needy, low income, unemployed, and others who need help can get free food or groceries from the locations that are scattered throughout the city. Some of the charities may even deliver a meal to a senior citizen or individual that is homebound. There are also free holiday food baskets or Christmas or Thanksgiving meals. Find free food pantries in the District of Columbia that may be near you below or use the referral number at the bottom of the page.

The Washington DC food pantries can provide assistance and possibly even forms of non-financial aid or support to those who need help. Other services may include free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, or maybe an article of clothing. Most are non-profit organizations and/or charities, and some of them may also serve as churches as well in which people can get guidance and other forms of support. Find information and details on locations to call for access to free food in the region.

Capital Area Food Bank
Washington, DC
A number of food assistance programs, groceries, and other aid is provided. Among them include Fresh Produce and hot meals. The site also operates a Mobile Pantry. Staff can assist residents with applying for EFAP, CACFP, Nutrition Education, Food Stamps, and Senior Brown Bag Programs. The non-profit works with local churches and charities in the region and provides those centers with food items.
Call 202.526.5344

Community Harvest
2437 15th Street NW
Washington DC, 20009
Phone number - 202-667-8875
This location serves free hot meals in the District of Columbia and operates a free pantry. Staff can refer the homeless to shelters or charities for other assistance.




Slow Food
Address - 2713 11th Street, NW #1
Washington DC, 20001

From the Ground Up
645 Taylor St NE
Washington DC, 20017
Main phone number - 202-526-5344

Washington DC Capital Area Food Bank
645 Taylor Street NE
Washington DC, 20017
Focuses on the greater Washington DC area. A variety of food assistance programs are administered. They partner with local churches, non-profits, food banks, and pantries to help provide food to the most needy as possible.

SOME (So Others Might Eat)
71 O Street
Washington DC 20001
Meals, food, produce, groceries, and other food stuffs and commodities are distributed from this location.





DPHW (Dinner Program for Homeless Women)
309 E Street
Washington DC, 20001
Phone number - 202-737-9311
The homeless can turn to this center for food and meals. They may even be able to refer homeless men or women to local shelters.

Washington City Church of the Brethren Nutrition Program
337 North Carolina Avenue SE
Washington DC, 20003
They provide food and/or a hot meal to anyone in need. Call them for more information on services provided.

First Helping
1328 - 16th Street
Washington DC, 20036
Another non-profit organization that is focused on providing food and other forms of assistance to the low income. Families and individuals can get help, and access information and other forms of support.

Garden Resources of Washington
1419 V Street NW
Washington DC, 20009

St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington DC, 20010
This is not a food pantry. However St. Stephen's and Thrive DC serve hot meals seven days a week to people in need. Monday through Friday, breakfast is served to all at 9:30am, and dinner is served to women and children at 5pm. Weekends lunch is served at Noon.

FRESHFARM Markets of Washington DC
PO Box 15691
Washington DC, 20003
Phone - 202.362.8889

The United Church
1920 G Street
Washington DC, 20006
Telphone - 202-331-1495
Call the church. Your local church or religious organization can often times provide food, groceries, meals, and other forms of support. Some may even have a limited amount of money for rent and/or utilities.





Share Our Strength
1730 M Street NW Suite 700
Washington DC, 20036
Call this federal supported, non-profit organization for free food. They can also offer information on government programs, other local Washington DC agencies, and government programs such as TANF food stamps.

DC Central Kitchen Inc.
425 2nd St. NW
Washington DC, 20001
202 234 0707

Food for All DC
Pantry address is 1810 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
Regardless of your income, race, or background this charity type organization can provide limited amounts of free food or other aid. Emergency boxes of groceries, baby formula and other needed items are provided to lower income, struggling, and unemployed families.

Citizens for Health
5 Thomas Circle NW
Washington DC
Phone - 202-483-4344

Bread for the City
Operates a couple centers in the Washington DC area. The non-profit locations may have free clothing, an on site pantry, and Christmas/Thanksgiving meals or gifts.

  • 1525 7th Street, Washington DC 20001, Phone: 202-265-2400
  • 1640 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington DC 20020, (202) 561-8587

Central Union Mission - Food Depot
Physical Address 1350 R Street, NW
Washington DC, 20009
For hours of the center, dial (202) 745-7118
In an emergency, non-perishable food and groceries may be offered. Support is available for Hispanics, seniors, singles and families. The center also offers other goods, including meat, toiletries and gently used clothing.

Salvation Army food banks
There are a few locations in the District of Columbia. Low income families can receive an emergency box of food, canned items, and more. Some locations have volunteers that deliver meals to the elderly or disabled. Other programs include a thrift store and free Christmas meals, and also referrals to SNAP food stamps. Two locations are 2300 Martin Luther King (phone (202) 678-9770)) and 2626 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest (dial (202) 756-2600).

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
5301 North Capitol Street, NE Washington DC
Call the food bank at (202) 723-5330
The non-profit offers referrals to food pantries and soup kitchens in the city.







Damien Ministries
Address is 2200 Rhode Island Avenue NE
Washington DC, 20018
Phone number - 202-526-3020
Provides fresh food, canned goods, case management, referrals, and other support.

East Washington Heights Baptist Church
2220 Branch Avenue, SE
Washington DC 20020
Telephone - (202) 582-4811
Blankets, lunches and dinners, paper goods, and emergency food is offered.

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street, NE
Washington DC, 20003
Call the food pantry at (202) 543-4200

Martha's Table
Address: 2114 14th St, NW
Washington DC 20009
Call (202) 328-6609
Low-income children, families, and individuals as well as the homeless can get hot meals, boxes of food, and other support.

Additional free food or hot meals in Washington DC

Several other soup kitchens, pantries, and distribution centers are in Washington DC. Call (202) 644-9800 for information. Thousands of families receive free groceries near you, food, holiday meals, and assistance with applying for government programs as well.

By Jon McNamara

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