Hunger and Homelessness

Below are Neighbors Project’s community partners that are in the Hunger and Homelessness issue area. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these organizations, please contact neighborsproject@gmail.com

Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food Bank recently expanded its mission to include not only its original goal of helping feed the hungry, but also to educate, empower and enlighten the entire community about issues of hunger and nutrition. The organization has a variety of community-building initiatives and programs that focus on educating the community about the importance of healthy diets and advocating for public policies that serve the interests of the organization’s constituencies. Volunteers can assist in preparing food and helping with the different education programs.

DC Central Kitchen

Since their founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared over 25 million meals for low-income and at-risk residents in Washington, D.C. However, the organization is much more than just a soup kitchen – it offers a rigorous culinary job training program for unemployed men and women who want to replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with changed lives and new careers in the food service industry. This unique program is a part of DC Central Kitchen’s mission to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Volunteers can work one of three daily shifts throughout the week, preparing or distributing food. Volunteers who speak Spanish are especially needed.

Foggy Bottom Food Pantry

The Foggy Bottom Food Pantry was established in 1981 by the United Church in an effort to offer food assistance to those in need in the Foggy Bottom community. Volunteers can work the second and fourth Saturday of every month packaging, sorting and distributing the groceries. The food pantry is located right on campus on 20th Street & G Street and is a great place for student groups to volunteer.

Lift-DC

LIFT is a growing movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. LIFT currently runs centers staffed by trained volunteers in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., to serve low-income individuals and families. Over its 13-year history, LIFT has helped more than 50,000 individuals and families on a path out of poverty. Lift-DC calls upon students to provide direct, one-on-one service to clients and help them find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, apply for public benefits like food stamps or tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for services such as childcare and healthcare. Student volunteers are the engine behind Lift-DC, so semester-long commitments are required.

Thrive DC

Originally founded in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Thrive DC provides the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability, while also providing the first step towards independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in resume building, preparing care packages, cooking and serving food, helping in the computer lab and assisting other programs.

Transitional Housing Corporation

Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) was founded in 1990 as a faith-based homeless services organization through a partnership between several DC organizations and Christ Lutheran Church in D.C. Over the last 20 years, THC has become Washington, D.C.’s largest Episcopal housing agency serving homeless families. Housing services include: transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing programs, and permanent affordable rental housing. Supportive and resident services are offered as part of all the housing programs and are tailored to the needs of the families served. Volunteer opportunities include tutoring and assisting after-school programs for children.

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