Bread for the City
Mission & Vision

Started in 1974, Bread for the City is a front-line organization serving Washington's poor. The nonprofit began as two organizations. Zacchaeus Free Clinic began in 1974 as a volunteer-run, free medical clinic, and Bread for the City was created in 1976 by a coalition of downtown churches to feed and clothe the poor. The two entities merged in 1995.

Today, Bread for the City operates two centers in the District of Columbia and provides food, clothing, legal services, social services and medical care to residents of DC with a focus on race and poverty and building power in our clients. Bread for the City strives for 100 percent access and zero percent disparities. We achieve this by offering same day/next day appointments in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, service and justice.

In addition, given its medical home model, Bread for the City's providers engage patients beyond their immediate medical needs in order to foster partnerships in which the patients become active participants in their own long-term health and well-being.

Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and the contributions of thousands in the community, we’re able to help more than 10,000 people every month!

Food Program: Last year, staff and volunteers provided groceries to thousands of hungry people, an average of 8,409 households each month.

Clothing Program: Clothing donations from individuals, schools, offices and places of worship keep our clothing room stocked with seasonally appropriate clothes for children and adults.

Medical Clinic: Bread for the City has been providing primary medical care to uninsured and low-income children and adults since 1974.

Social Services: Any District resident, regardless of income, may speak with a case manager during our walk-in hours

Legal Clinic: Bread for the City operates two legal clinics, one out of each of our centers in Northwest and Southeast Washington

At Bread for the City, we share a vision of Washington, DC as a nurturing community where all residents have access to the basic material resources they need for survival and growth, and the prosperity of their social, emotional, and spiritual lives.