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Find Free Food In Washington, D.C.Lemontree is here to help you find the best food pantry near you. Food pantries and food banks are a great place to find groceries if you need some help. Many of these locations can help you find food as quickly as today. Whether it’s a church around the corner or a mobile food pantry, the places below should help. In addition, you should consider applying for SNAP (food stamps) if you don’t already get government assistance.
  1. Street view

    Food pantry (groceries)

    Emory Beacon of Light

    31 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • ID required
      • Food pantry: Needs to fill out a form
      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers and Clothes upon availability
    • Info

      • Closed During Year: Inclement weather
      • Closed on major holidays
      • Line starts at 10am in the morning

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      12:00 pm–2:00 pm

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Tue, June 4th (in 2 weeks)

      12:00 pm–2:00 pm

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Tue, June 11th (in 3 weeks)

      12:00 pm–2:00 pm

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

      every week on Tuesday

    Map of Emory Beacon of Light

    Location

    6100 Georgia Avenue Northwest

    Northwest Washington, DC 20011

    directions
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  3. Street view

    Food pantry (groceries)

    Sixth Church Food Closet

    8 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    The door for Food Closet is on Kennedy Street

    • Requirements

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Wed, June 12th (in 3 weeks)

      11:30 am–1:00 pm

    • Wed, June 26th (next month)

      11:30 am–1:00 pm

    • Wed, July 10th (in 2 months)

      11:30 am–1:00 pm

    • 11:30 am–1:00 pm

      every month on the 2nd Wednesday

    • 11:30 am–1:00 pm

      every month on the 4th Wednesday

    Map of Sixth Church Food Closet

    Location

    5413 16th Street Northwest

    Sixteenth Street Heights, DC 20011

    directions

    Contact

    (202) 723-5377

    sixthpresbyterian.org

  4. Street view

    Food pantry (groceries)

    Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church

    37 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    900 Block Quekenbros off Georgia Avenue NW Washington DC 20010. On the side of Ward 4 Police Station.

    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Fri, June 21st (in 4 weeks)

      9:00 am–1:00 pm

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Fri, July 19th (in 2 months)

      9:00 am–1:00 pm

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Fri, August 16th (in 3 months)

      9:00 am–1:00 pm

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • 9:00 am–1:00 pm

      every month on the 3rd Friday

    Map of Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church

    Location

    6001 Georgia Ave NW

    Washington, DC 20011

    directions

    Contact

    (240) 660-7979

  5. How do I get food?

    You can receive food by visiting the food pantry or soup kitchen when it’s open. Make sure to check each resource page to see details like address, full schedule, and requirements.

  6. Can someone deliver the food to my house?

    Delivery services are very limited and are reserved for senior citizens or those with serious medical problems. If you believe you fall into either category, let us know and we may be able to help you find options in Washington, D.C..

  7. What do I have to bring?

    Every location is different! Please review the details included on each resource to see whether you need to bring any documentation like ID or proof of address, or supplies like bags to carry the food. If you don’t see any information on the resource, you don’t have to bring anything!

  8. Street view

    Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals), Food pantry (groceries)

    Thrive DC

    39 minutes

    average wait time


    • Offerings

      • Prepared Meals
    • Info

      • Closed on major holidays

    Schedule

    • Today

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 8:30 am–9:30 am

      • No requirements
    • Today

      Food pantry (groceries): 9:30 am–11:00 am

      • Bring ID and proof of residence
    • Tomorrow

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 8:30 am–9:30 am

      • No requirements
    • Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 8:30 am–9:30 am

      every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday

    • Food pantry (groceries): 9:30 am–11:00 am

      every week on Thursday

    Map of Thrive DC

    Location

    1525 Newton Street Northwest

    Northwest Washington, DC 20010

    directions

    Contact

    (202) 232-0900

  9. Street view

    Food pantry (groceries)

    Salvation Army: Sherman Avenue Corp

    6 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • Bring photo identification and proof of eligibility (SNAP, TANF, Medicaid).

    • Can also call Salvation Army District Social Services to get a referral based on low-income status. (202) 332-5000; open Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

    • Referral required from social worker, community organization, or Salvation Army (no referral required for last Thursday of the month).

    • Must be D.C. resident.

    • Requirements

      • Photo ID and proof of address is required for adults 18+
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Tomorrow

      9:30 am–1:30 pm

    • Next Monday

      9:30 am–1:30 pm

    • Fri, May 31st (next week)

      9:30 am–1:30 pm

    • 9:30 am–1:30 pm

      every week on Monday, Friday

    Map of Salvation Army: Sherman Avenue Corp

    Location

    3335 Sherman Avenue Northwest

    Northwest Washington, DC 20010

    directions

    Contact

    (202) 829-0100

    https://salvationarmynca.org/

  10. Street view

    Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals)

    Kwanzaa Kitchen - St. George's Episcopal Church

    no ratings yet


    Info

    • Serves Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park area of NW Washington residents
    • Offerings

      • Prepared Meals

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      9:00 am–10:00 am

      • Breakfast
    • Sat, June 8th (in 2 weeks)

      9:00 am–10:00 am

      • Breakfast
    • Sat, June 22nd (in 4 weeks)

      9:00 am–10:00 am

      • Breakfast
    • 9:00 am–10:00 am

      every 2 weeks on Saturday

    Map of Kwanzaa Kitchen - St. George's Episcopal Church

    Location

    160 U Street Northwest

    Northwest Washington, DC 20001

    directions

    Contact

    (202) 985-9267

    www.stgeorgesdc.org

  11. Street view

    Food pantry (groceries)

    Good Success Christian Church

    3 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    We have drivers that deliver food near our location but the drivers require a donation to make the trip.

    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers upon availability

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Next Wednesday

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tue, June 4th (in 2 weeks)

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • 9:00 am–12:00 pm

      every week on Tuesday, Wednesday

    Map of Good Success Christian Church

    Location

    4401 Sheriff Rd NE

    Washington, DC 20019

    directions

    Contact

    (240) 388-0896

  12. Street view

    Food pantry (groceries)

    People’s Congregational Church

    2 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • will not be open for the months of December and January
    • Requirements

      • ID required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Fri, June 21st (in 4 weeks)

      11:00 am–1:00 pm

    • Fri, July 19th (in 2 months)

      11:00 am–1:00 pm

    • Fri, August 16th (in 3 months)

      11:00 am–1:00 pm

    • 11:00 am–1:00 pm

      every month on the 3rd Friday

    Map of People’s Congregational Church

    Location

    4704 13th Street Northwest

    Northwest Washington, DC 20011

    directions

    Contact

    (202) 829-5511

    https://peopleschurchucc.org/

  13. Street view

    Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals), Food pantry (groceries)

    Shrine of the Sacred Heart Sacred Heart

    20 minutes

    average wait time


    • Offerings

      • Prepared Meals
    • Info

      • No requirements

    Schedule

    • Today

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

    • Tomorrow

      Food pantry (groceries): 11:30 am–12:30 pm

    • Tomorrow

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

    • Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

    • Food pantry (groceries): 11:30 am–12:30 pm

      every week on Friday

    • Food pantry (groceries): 11:30 am–1:00 pm

      every week on Saturday

    Map of Shrine of the Sacred Heart Sacred Heart

    Location

    3211 Sacred Heart Way

    Northwest Washington, DC 20010

    directions

    Contact

    (202) 234-8000

    http://dinnerprogram.org/

  14. Street view

    Food pantry (groceries)

    Martha’s Table - Maycroft Office

    22 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • We also issue Martha Table cards which you may get when you sign up to come to the market, and you can shop 2xs a month on.
    • dont go the appartment building, Martha's table is on the left
    • Prefered to call before going, if they are close they put a prompt, voicemail
    • Requirements

      • Proof of address required
      • ID required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Today

      11:00 am–4:00 pm

    • Tomorrow

      11:00 am–4:00 pm

    • Next Monday

      11:00 am–4:00 pm

    • 11:00 am–4:00 pm

      every week on Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    Map of Martha’s Table - Maycroft Office

    Location

    1474 Columbia Road Northwest

    Northwest Washington, DC 20009

    directions

    Contact

    (202) 808-8002

  15. Do I need an appointment?

    Every location is different! Some places in Washington, D.C. accept appointments, some require it, and others allow walk-ins. Please review all details on the resource page to understand how you should prepare for your visit.

  16. What kind of food do they have?

    Food pantries offer grocery-style items such as canned food, fresh produce, and dry goods like pasta or rice that you can cook yourself. Soup kitchens offer ready-to-eat items like hot meals or sandwiches. All of these locations may have different options on different days, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  17. Do they have vegetables?

    Pantries may have different options at different times, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day. Most pantries in Washington, D.C. do give out some form of vegetables, but they may be canned items.

  18. Do they have meat?

    Pantries may have different options on different days, so it’s hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  19. Any pantries open today?

    If you’ve signed up for personalized assistance through our text message helpline, please take a look at the links we’ve sent you! If none of the resources we’ve sent are open today, let us know and we can search for additional options. Here’s a list of everything in Washington, D.C. that’s open today: Thrive DC, Shrine of the Sacred Heart Sacred Heart, Martha’s Table - Maycroft Office

  20. Where are you located?

    Because our work is mostly virtual, the Lemontree team works remotely, and we don’t have an office in Washington, D.C. for in-person visits. You can always reach us by texting 90847 between 10am-6pm, every day of the week.