Bread for the City
>All services are completely free for those that live in the District. Bread For the City assesses individuals who sign up for their services to determine exact needs and offer multiple ways to help. “We treat the entire person,” said Karen Byer, a staff member.
This means that someone coming for groceries can be provided with medical and dental care for their family as well. Byer explained that once people sign up with the organization they can remain members for as long as they like; whether they sign up to receive help for a few months to get over a rough patch in their lives, or they sign up and use the available services for many years.
The organization started as a medical clinic in 1974. It was originally called Zacchaeus Free Clinic. In 1995 it merged with another operation created by church members who wanted to feed the poor. Today, Bread for the City is the largest food pantry in D.C. They have an orchard where they grow their own food and vegetables. They also supply items that can be particularly expensive, such as meat, butter, and eggs.
The medical care they provide is especially helpful because members can easily visit their Doctor or Dentist anytime they would like at one of the organization’s locations. Byer enjoys knowing that Bread for the City “provides something important to their clients.”