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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Washington DC

St. Philip the Evangelist - Food Distribution Center
Washington, DC 20020
Details: Monday & Wednesday 10am – 2pm. Referrals required.
ACOC Food Pantry Program
Washington, DC 20002
Details: For the past 20 years, the ACOC Food Pantry Program has provided free bagged groceries to hungry families, seniors, and single adults. On average, the program hands out approximately 600 bags of groceries per month. For what most people spend on eating out any given day ($12), we are able to provide groceries for an entire family for a week. Our Food Pantry Program is supported by all-volunteer staff and food donation come to us through the generosity of individuals and our corporate partners. During the holiday season, we hand out hundreds of turkeys and healthy side dishes for Thanksgiving, and food baskets and toys at Christmas, all going to needy families in our community. We take pride in being able to provide this most basic service to those in need, and realize that our Food Pantry provides much needed sustenance to individuals and families that sometimes have no other option. Due to overwhelming demand, our Food Pantry hours are 10am-11:30am Tuesday through Thursday. Food donations are accepted Monday through Friday.
Allen Chapel AME Church - Allen Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20020
Details: The mission of the Allen Chapel Food Pantry is to assist in relieving hunger in metro DC with a concentration in Wards 7 and 8 and within the church membership. A food supplement is provided to any person expressing a need for food. Additionally, the food pantry operates a clothes closet, a mobile pantry (fresh produce), holds nutrition classes, performs blood pressure checks, participates in a weekend bag program for children, and a brown bag program for seniors.
Andromeda Transcultural Health - Monthly Food Market
Washington, DC 20011
Details: The Food Distribution is held the second Thursday of every month at Andromeda Transcultural Health. The food that is delivered varies from lettuce, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, potatoes, milk, cheese, bread, salads and pastries. People can begin lining up outside starting at 9 am or earlier and they must bring bags to carry the food once they receive it. Once everyone is in line, every person is given a number and asked for basic information such as their name, address, phone number and how many persons are in their family. The food can arrive as early as 8am and as late as 11am. Once the food has arrived it is set up and groups of five are let in to receive food. Once everyone in line has gone inside and received food there is a second round for people that want more food for their families. There are a few regulations that everyone must follow which are you must have a number to enter, you cannot cut in line and you must respect all staff members
Asbury United Methodist Church - Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20001
Details: Food Pantry: It remains a thriving ministry thanks to the generous support from various United Methodist groups and church members. Last year the pantry issued 6,166 lunch bags and 593 bags of groceries to needy families and the homeless.
Assumption Church Helping Hand Outreach
Washington, DC 20032
Details: Over the years the Helping Hand Program has grown into our extensive Outreach Program which includes a year round food and clothing pantry, annually serving 1,742 families and 5,341 individuals. During the holidays alone, through our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets, we reach 3,000 children and seniors.
Bread for the City - Food Pantry (Northwest Center)
Washington, DC 20001
Details: Last year, staff and volunteers provided groceries to thousands of hungry people, feeding an average of 8,409 people each month. We distribute grocery bags consisting of a three-day supply of food adjusted to household size. Eligible clients are residents of the District of Columbia, have incomes of 200% or less of the federal poverty line, and are either elderly, disabled, or families with dependent children. Eligible clients may receive three days worth of food each month, picking up at either center. Our food pantry is open Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-noon.
Bread for the City - Food Pantry (Southeast Center)
Washington, DC 20020
Details: Last year, staff and volunteers provided groceries to thousands of hungry people, feeding an average of 8,409 people each month. We distribute grocery bags consisting of a three-day supply of food adjusted to household size. Eligible clients are residents of the District of Columbia, have incomes of 200% or less of the federal poverty line, and are either elderly, disabled, or families with dependent children. Eligible clients may receive three days worth of food each month, picking up at either center. Our food pantry is open Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-noon.
Brighter Day Ministries - Brighter Day Family Life Center
Washington, DC 20032
Details: The Mission Ministry exists to engage Brighter Day Ministries in mission opportunities that identify and respond to the needs of our community and our world. Everything we do at Brighter Day Ministries is shaped by our mission to know God, live, grow and serve as Christian disciples. Brighter Day Ministries’ members are busy working locally and global in various ministries. We give away free food and clothing to those in need through our Brighter Day Family Life Center and through our Homeless ministry we provided shelter during the winter for homeless individuals. Food & Clothes distributed Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Capital Area Food Bank
Washington, DC 20017
Details: The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. CAFB is a member of Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.
Carl Vogel Center
Washington, DC 20005
Details: Carl Vogel Center (CVC) is a nonprofit community-based organization that provides multidisciplinary and integrated medical healthcare that embodies all aspects of a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. CVC helps medically underserved individuals to become full partners and informed advocates in managing their health. Food Bank provides free food and personal care products to low-income clients and their families on bi monthly basis. The Food Bank distributes over 25,000 pounds a food a year.
Central Union Mission FOOD PLUS CENTER
Washington , DC 20018
Details: Families and individuals rely on the Mission's food assistance program in emergencies and as a steady source of food. In partnership with individuals, corporations and churches, the Mission distributes more than $5 million-worth of in-kind food, toiletries, clothing, household items and furniture each year. Central Union Mission provides food, clothes, furniture, and other household items at no cost to those we serve. Food PLUS is designed to meet the physical and spiritual needs of poor and needy people in the Washington metropolitan area. Enrolled guests can receive food twice a month. Emergency food is available on a case‐by‐case basis; a referral is required. In addition to food, guests may shop for housewares, furniture, and other necessities
Church of Jesus Christ - Marian Miller Community Center - Nehemiah's Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20020
Details: Marian Miller Community Center is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the under served populations in Washington, DC. The MMCC was established in 2001, as a culmination of more than 40 years of outreach ministry conducted by the members of the Church of Jesus Christ Inc. In 2006, the MMCC opened the doors of the Nehemiah's Food Pantry.
Church of the Epiphany - Welcome Table
Washington, DC 20005
Details: The mission of The Welcome Table is to feed the hungry, build diverse and inclusive community, worship as one, and give and receive the love of Christ. Approximately 200 downtown poor participate in the various aspects of The Welcome Table every Sunday morning.
Community Family Life Services - Emergency Programs
Washington, DC 20001
Details: CFLS provides emergency food and clothing to persons in need. Food bags are distributed every Tuesday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and at other times with a referral notice. Clothing is distributed from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon to women on Wednesdays and Thursdays and to men on Fridays. Children's clothing is distributed at either time. CFLS partners with churches, school groups and other organizations to provide free hot breakfasts to the local homeless and low-income community. Breakfasts are scheduled based on availability of space and volunteers. Community Family Life Services coordinates food delivery and matches services with needs for homebound seniors in Washington, DC.
Covenant Baptist UCC - Covenant Food Bank
Washington, DC 20032
Details: Covenant Food Bank distributes supplemental food bags to the community every Thursday between the hours of 9:30am - 12:30pm. In addition, we provide a listening ear, offer prayer, and make referrals to resources in the community such as photo identifications, entitlements, training programs, housing, etc. Annually, we provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and a community Christmas party where toys are distributed to children in need. Volunteers participate in registering the community, packing food bags, food pick up and delivery, and demonstrating the love of Christ through kind words and deeds.
Damien Ministries Food Bank
Washington, DC 20018
Details: The Damien Ministries Food Bank is an important service for people living with HIV and AIDS. Given the rising costs of medical care and prescription drugs, clients have limited funds available to purchase food and toiletries. Our Food Bank steps in to help so that clients don't have to choose between medicine or food. With a list of nearly 1300 clients, we provide two to four bags of groceries per month to clients in need, with enough food supplements to last up to 14 days. As treatment for HIV/AIDS has expanded and evolved, so has the mission of the food bank since 1987. The mission of the food bank is not just to help extend the life expectancy of our clients, but to improve their quality of life. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: In order to qualify for food bank services, clients must be HIV-positive and be able to show financial need. Clients are required to provide a letter of referral, usually from a case manager, explaining the financial need, as well as proof of HIV status from either a case manager or medical professional. It is recommended that case managers call in advance and speak with the Food Bank Manager to confirm food bank hours and availability.
First Baptist Church of Deanwood - Feed The Hungry
Washington, DC 20019
Details: Under the leadership of our Missionary Ministry, The Feed The Hungry Program provides dinner meals to our neighbors in need. We feed the hungry at our church (Monday - Friday) during the months of January, June, and August. The FBCD daily schedule for feeding the hungry is as follows: 4:45 p.m. Persons may enter the dining hall via the lower east entrance of the Church (45th Place), 5:15 p.m. Doors close in preparation for serving the meal; no additional persons may enter, 5:15 p.m. Devotional service including blessing of the food, 5:20 p.m. Meal, beverage, and dessert are served, 5:45 p.m. Clean up. This ministry and its resources are provided by the members and friends of The First Baptist Church of Deanwood.
First Baptist Church of Deanwood Community Outreach Center
Washington, DC 20019
Details: Opened in 2002, the FBCD Community Outreach Center provides emergency food, clothing and social referral services to the needy in the Deanwood and surrounding communities. Please note that the Center is closed in the event of a homegoing or other special church service. Community Outreach Center resources are provided as a service to the community by the members and friends of The First Baptist Church of Deanwood. Hours: Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m. & Saturday 9 - 11 a.m. The Outreach Center provides gently used attire at no cost to those in need in our community. Persons are encouraged to contact the Outreach Center in advance of their visit to provide sizes, ages (children), and type of clothing needed. The Emergency Food Bank provides a monthly stipend of groceries at no cost to those in need in our community. One stipend per household per month is allotted.
First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church Helping Hands Ministry
Washington, DC 20001
Details: The “Helping Hands” Food Distribution Ministry was born out of the vision for a Church Alive. Sister Jean Whitley met with Pastor Bell to discuss plans for re-establishing a food distribution program at First Rising Mt. Zion. Volunteers were recruited and they attended formal orientation at the Capital Area Food Bank. The Food Distribution Ministry officially began meeting in October 2003. Pastor Bell was named Executive Director, Sister Jean Whitley, Director of Agency Relations and Sister Barbara Jordan, Program Director. On October 21, 2003, the ministry officially adopted the name “Helping Hands” at the suggestion of Deaconess Virginia Logan. The ministry began making emergency food distributions to those in need. For Thanksgiving, the ministry was able to provide over one hundred families with a turkey and the makings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Today, “Helping Hands” continues to distribute food to needy families. In partnership with the council of churches of Greater Washington, there are presently 163 families registered to receive food every other week. These families cross the spectrum of need and include individuals from the Community of Hope, a program for families transitioning from temporary to permanent housing and permanent employment; the Strong Families Program, a family self-sufficiency program; New Endeavors for Women; and the House of Ruth. With the help of the Lord Almighty, “Helping Hands” will realize its goal of regular distribution to 200 families by the end of 2005.
Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church - Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20019
Details: Groceries available most Fridays. Sign-up is required.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - Social Concerns - Outreach to the Poor and Needy
Washington, DC 20001
Details: Assist the poor and needy of the Shaw neighborhood by offering a modest food pantry, contacting the sick and shut-in to assess their needs.
Loaves and Fishes
Washington, DC 20010
Details: Loaves and Fishes began as an outgrowth of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church’s practice in the mid-1960s of providing meals after Sunday services. When hungry nonchurchgoers began to appear in considerable numbers, the congregation launched a meals ministry and named the program Loaves and Fishes after the miracle described in the gospels. As Loaves and Fishes grew, other churches stepped in to help. We are now sustained by a partnership with 11 other churches, many of them in the suburbs, and diverse foundations, community groups, and individuals. Our mission and goals are two-fold: to feed the hungry in our community and to educate volunteers and community members about hunger and homelessness. We are proud to serve a warm, healthy lunch to all who come to us without regard to their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or lack of it. We invite you to join us, as a guest, volunteer, or financial supporter. Meals are available around noon on weekends and federal holidays at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church
Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20003
Details: Each bag of food distributed feeds a family of four for two days - and costs $20.00. It is an expensive ministry and costs approximately $50,000 annually, but it is worth it!
Martha's Table
Washington, DC 20009
Details: Through healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education, Martha’s Table works to build a better future. Martha’s Table impacts over 20,000 people a year with its programs, including the youngest learners through middle school and beyond, and their families. Martha’s Table offers pantry bags full of non-perishable, dry and canned foods for individuals and families in need. We offer this service on a referral basis throughout the month. 9:00AM-5:00PM, Mondays—Thursdays. We only accept referrals from individuals once every 30 days. The last Thursday of every month is Pantry Day at Martha's Table. We offer emergency food to anyone. Grocery bag give-away begins at 12 pm to 1 pm.
McKendree-Simms-Brookland United Methodist Church - Outreach Ministry
Washington, DC 20018
Details: Clothing Closet, Food Pantry, Wednesday Meals (Free) 12:30pm-1:30pm. and the monthly food distribution program.
Miriam's Kitchen
Washington, DC 20037
Details: Meals are served at Miriam's Kitchen every weekday. In 2013, we served 71,948 meals. All of our food is made with fresh ingredients that include whole grains, fresh meats, and local and organic fruit and vegetables. Breakfast is served between 6:30-8 am and dinner is served between 4:45-5:45 pm. Additionally, a light lunch is served every Wednesday from 12-2 pm.
National Baptist Memorial Church - The Well Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20009
Details: Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, National Baptist Memorial Church opens its doors at 9:00 am. to a steady flow of people coming to receive food from our food pantry. Monday through Friday at 5:15 p.m., an average of 20 children from the church’s after school program gathers around a table to eat dinner. The names of these ministries, "The Well Food Pantry" and "The Well After School Program", are derived from John 4 when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at a well. During this encounter, Jesus accepts the woman just as she is; social barriers and taboos were broken; and, the Samaritan women received the revelation knowledge that Jesus is the Messiah. National strives to create such an encounter with the children and parents of the after school program and every recipient that comes to the food pantry each time they enter our space. The Well Food Pantry opened its doors August 23, 2008. During our first year, we were able to provide food for about 2,000 people.
National City Christian Church - National City's Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20005
Details: Now in its sixth year of operation, National City’s Food Pantry is open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., every Wednesday. The Food Pantry offers supplemental food for individuals and families in the neighborhood who do not have enough to eat. We give out over 100 bags of food each week. For those who have cooking facilities, we give a balanced selection of canned meats, beans, vegetables, and fruit as well as starches (rice, spaghetti, etc.), and staples such as toilet paper. For people who live on the street and have no cooking facilities, we distribute bags of easy-to-use snack and toiletry items.
Peace Lutheran Church - Ward 7 Food Center
Washington, DC 20019
Details: Peace Lutheran Church - Ward 7 Food Center is located at 4929 Ames Street NE Washington DC 20019. (The house on the corner of Sycamore and Ames.) We provide emergency food assistance to families that are located in the far northeast area of Washington DC Monday – Thursday between 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ - Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20011
Details: Provides food to clients in the Washington Community throughout the calendar year.
Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church - Capitol Area Foodbank Pantry
Washington, DC 20002
Details: We are also a pantry for the Capitol Area Foodbank, and distribute groceries on Thursday mornings.
Shrine of the Sacred Heart Dinner Program
Washington, DC 20010
Details: The Shrine of the Sacred Heart Dinner Program is a volunteer operation that serves nutritious meals to homeless and low-income individuals living in Washington DC. Our mission is to provide a place where all persons regardless of ethnic, social, religious or economic backgrounds can come together and share a meal in an environment that reaffirms their inherent dignity. Our vision is to create a community in which all members are fully integrated and self-sufficient. Dinner Time: Monday thru Friday, Doors open 4:30pm, Dinner served 5:00-6:00pm
SOME Dining Rooms
Washington, DC 20001
Details: SOME's Dining Rooms for the Homeless have been serving the District’s neediest individuals since 1970. Breakfast and lunch are served each day to all who come to SOME. Our priority is to serve everyone with dignity and respect with no questions asked. Often times, the dining rooms are a gateway for the homeless to access other necessary services SOME provides. Through the help of thousands of volunteers, SOME is able to serve over 800 meals each day in our dining rooms alone. The Dining Room for Women and Children was established in response to the growing number of homeless women and children. It is a separate dining area where women and children can enjoy a meal in a quieter, more private eating space.
St. George's Episcopal Church
Washington, DC 20001

The Kwanzaa Kitchen Breakfast ministry serves hot breakfast bags-to-go every other Saturday. Meal includes scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, pancakes, juice, and water. Individuals and families are welcomed. Due to COVID-19, no indoor dining or facilities are available.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20008
Details: St. Paul’s hosts a food pantry on the first and third Saturday of every month from 10am to noon. The pantry is fully operated by volunteers on a rotating basis. Over the course of a year, the food pantry provides over 13,000 pounds of food to more than 2,500 individuals. We partner with the DC Capital Area Food Bank to supplement the traditional pantry items with fresh produce, dairy and meats. Our dedicated volunteers stock shelves, hand out food, give recipe advice, and interact with the clients on a personal level.
The Ambassador Baptist Church - Food Distribution Center
Washington, DC 20020
Details: Hunger and poverty exist on a 24-hour basis and decrease the ability of the individual and/or families to meet their nutritional needs, achieve their full potential, and to become concerned and involved citizens. Eliminating hunger, providing information and needed resources to persons in need, and introducing the underserved of our community to the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ will improve the quality of life for these individuals and increase their opportunities to become more informed, more self-sufficient, and more committed to the overall health, well-being, and advancement of our community. Ambassador believes that as God has so richly blessed us, so ought we to be a blessing to others. Our vision is for a community that meets the basic needs of its citizenry by introducing or exposing them to Christian love, providing advice on economic empowerment, establishing opportunities for self-improvement, and through modeling beautification of our community. Ambassador believes that eradicating hunger includes eliminating both physical and spiritual hunger. Our long-range goal is to see hunger poverty end in our community. MISSION STATEMENT: The Ambassador Baptist Church Food Distribution Center seeks to fulfill our Biblical mandate to feed the hungry: by eliminating hunger and poverty by feeding individuals and families-including the homeless, seniors on a fixed income, and the working poor, with food donated by the Capital Area Food Bank and other agencies or individuals; by providing emergency assistance to the hungry by providing emergency food assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); by providing food as needed on a 24-hour basis (by referral and appointment); by establishing a future information and referral service to meet the identified needs of food distribution clients; and, by sharing the Gospel through oral, written, and personal communication.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command - Washington DC Emergency Assistance
Washington, DC 20009
Details: The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command serves the nation’s capital and its surrounding communities with programs and locations that serve families in need with emergency assistance, housing, substance abuse treatment, youth enrichment opportunities, spiritual care and worship, and emergency disaster services. The Salvation Army began its work in the Washington DC area 115 years ago, after arriving in America from its official base in London. From the beginning, the Army created programs in Washington, DC, to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and provide counseling and support to those most in need of help. As these needs grew, so did the number of locations and variety of services available to the community.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command - Washington DC Emergency Assistance
Washington, DC 20032
Details: The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command serves the nation’s capital and its surrounding communities with programs and locations that serve families in need with emergency assistance, housing, substance abuse treatment, youth enrichment opportunities, spiritual care and worship, and emergency disaster services. The Salvation Army began its work in the Washington DC area 115 years ago, after arriving in America from its official base in London. From the beginning, the Army created programs in Washington, DC, to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and provide counseling and support to those most in need of help. As these needs grew, so did the number of locations and variety of services available to the community.
The United Church - The Foggy Bottom Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20006
Details: The food pantry is a mission of The United Church established in 1981 as a community service. Money and food from the church, individual members, FEMA, International Monetary Fund, student groups of the George Washington University, and others provide the basic support. Funds are used to purchase food and supplies, principally salvage food from the Capital Area Community Food Bank. There are no overhead charges because the program is run by volunteers utilizing the church's facilities. Food is bagged and distributed twice per month to individuals and families that can demonstrate need. Special bags containing ready-to-eat foods are prepared for those who are homeless. The Pantry is currently distributing about 900 bags of food each month (approximately 15,000 pounds) at a cost of about $3,000 per month. Volunteers are needed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Pack bags beginning at 9:00 a.m. - distribution is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Thrive DC
Washington, DC 20010
Details: Thrive DC’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Thrive DC envisions a city in which vulnerable individuals receive the necessary support and resources to lead fulfilling, stable lives. Twice-Daily Meals: Breakfast Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Dinner (for woman and children only) Monday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Additional services available during meals: Free showers and laundry, Free Mail and telephone access, Personal care and safety supplies, Lunch-to-Go sandwiches and salads, Emergency Pantry – Wednesdays (sign up during meal programs), Fresh Food Fridays (April-October) during meal programs
Urban Outreach Inc.
Washington, DC 20019
Details: Urban Outreach® is a ministry located in the inner-city of our nation's capital that has been ministering and developing relationships for more than 10 years. We are dedicated to reaching the lost and hurting with the love of Christ in this Southeast, Marshall Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. We serve adults, youth and children by meeting needs through our emergency food pantry, clothing distribution, and life mentoring. We also offer spiritual support throught Bible Studies, small group meetings, prayer and worship services. Urban Outreach® sponsors several outreaches throughout the year to meet the needs of the community including a Back to School Outreach, 3 on 3 Basketball Outreach, Community Day, Thanksgiving Outreach, and Christmas Stocking Outreach. Sharing the love of Jesus and meeting needs is what God has called us to in this hurting community. Would you please prayerfully consider partnering with us as we press on here on the streets of Southeast Washington DC.
Washington City Church of the Brethren - Brethren Nutrition Program
Washington, DC 20003
Details: The Brethren Nutrition Program exists to serve hungry neighbors on Capitol Hill, providing healthy and wholesome lunches to those in need. With its open door policy, the Soup Kitchen welcomes everyone to join in the meals – there are no eligibility requirements. Many of the guests are unemployed and homeless; others are employed, but reside in shelters while they search for permanent, affordable housing. A meal at the Soup Kitchen has also become one way that a number of guests are able to stretch severely limited incomes. The Brethren Nutrition Program soup kitchen is currently open on MONDAYS, TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS from 11:30 am to 1:30 PM. We hope to add Thursdays soon.
Woodley House Food Pantry
Washington, DC 20008
Details: Open Every Tuesday Afternoon 1-3 pm. The Woodley House Food Pantry is centrally located near Woodley Park Metro and bus line and is open every Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm. Proof of DC residency is needed. Please bring a current photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport or other identification card, along with proof of residency such as utility bill, etc. The idea for this Food Pantry came from one of our Skills Training Specialists who kept hearing from members of our Supported Independent Living Apartment Program how difficult it was some months just to put food on the table. Sometimes they had to choose between food or medication. After careful thought, we decided that a Food Pantry might be something that Woodley House should embrace … and then began the hard work to make it happen. We applied to the William S. Abell Foundation for start-up funding for this new program and in November 2011, we opened the Woodley House Food Pantry in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank. It is located in our transitional home, Valenti House and is a true asset to our community. We are able to offer food staples and fresh produce in season to Woodley House residents and our community neighbors-in-need which is so gratifying during this difficult economic climate.