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Volunteer to Fight Hunger

Volunteer to Fight Hunger

The Jewish Food Experience wants to help you fight hunger! So gather your friends, co-workers, kids or go it alone because no matter how you get there, you will meet other great people also volunteering to help individuals and our community to thrive. Volunteer information and sign up for many of these resources and much more can be found at Jconnect or by emailing volunteer@shalomdc.org or calling 1-888-246-1818.


Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter
Prepare meals or bag lunches offsite for homeless clients. Also need donated food, clothing, toiletries and household items.

Bethesda Cares
Prepare meals or bag lunches offsite and lunch service for homeless clients. Also need donated food, clothing, toiletries and household items.

Capital Area Food Bank – NE DC
Food sorting. Min. Age 12, 16 w/out adults. Ages 12-14 require prior permission, signed waiver and parent or guardian with them in the warehouse.

Capital Area Food Bank – Lorton
Food sorting. Min. Age 12, 16 w/out adults. Ages 12-14 require prior permission, signed waiver & parent or guardian with them in the warehouse.

Cornerstones – Reston
Purchase, prepare, and deliver bag lunches to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter for their homeless clients. Collect and donate clothing, toiletries & household items.

DC Central Kitchen
Volunteers can do food service/kitchen work onsite or prepare meals off-site. Min. Age 12. Maximum group size 25. Suitable for school/teen groups.

Food and Friends
Meal program and Food bank for people with HIV/AIDS and life-challenging illness. Prepare food onsite, work in food pantry, deliver food packages. Min. Age 14 w/out adults, 18 to use knives/equipment. Suitable for school/teen groups.

Food for Others – Fairfax
Food sorting. Min. Age 12, 16 w/out adults. Suitable for school/teen groups.

Food for Others Power Pack Program
Provides elementary school aged children with a pack of food they can bring home and eat over the weekend.

Gaithersburg HELP
Food sorting and distribution, administrative help. Min. Age 14. Suitable for high-school/teen groups.

Interfaith Works Community-Based Shelter/Community Vision/Horizon House – Rockville/Gaithersburg
Prepare meals or bag lunches offsite and dinner service for homeless clients. Lawn Maintenance/Clean-up. Collect and donate food, toiletries & household items. Min. Age 14 w/out adults. Suitable for high school/teen groups.

IONA Senior Services – NE DC
Weekend meal delivery. Every Saturday from 10:15 am to 12:30pm volunteers work in teams of at least two (a driver and a deliverer) to assemble and deliver meals to homebound seniors. Car and driver required. Suitable for young children/families, small school/ teen groups.

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes – Locations in Rockville, Silver Spring, and Reston
Cook Shabbat/Holiday meals, celebrate Shabbat & Holidays (i.e., Chanukah/Purim party, Pesach seders etc). Host residents for Shabbat/Holiday meals. Arts & crafts activities and singalongs, outings/picnics with residents in warmer weather. Min. Age 16 w/out adults. Suitable for young children/families, school/teen groups.

Jewish Social Service Agency – Montgomery County and NoVA
Seasonal opportunities for groups in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia – food basket delivery for Passover and Rosh Hashanah and donating items/gift cards for seniors and needy families. Min. Age 18 w/out adults. Suitable for young children/families, school/teen groups

Jewish War Veterans / Jews in Green / A Package from Home
Send letters/cards, care packages to Jewish soldiers overseas and Israeli soldiers.

Manna Food Center
Food sorting.

Manna Food Center Smart Sacks
Provides children with backpacks full of kid-friendly food every Friday so they have food on the weekends when there are no school meals to sustain them.

Martha’s Table
Volunteers can do kitchen work onsite, prepare meals off-site or help with McKenna’s Wagon mobile food distribution and help organize donated items. Min. Age 13 w/out adult accompaniment, 15 for McKenna’s Wagon. Maximum group size 12, 5 for McKenna’s Wagon. Suitable for families, school/teen groups.

Montgomery County Coalition For The Homeless – Rockville
Prepare weekend meals or weekday bag lunches offsite for homeless clients. Collect and donate food, toiletries and household items. Suitable for young children/families, school/teen groups.

Nourish Now
Need volunteers to help repackage meals, glean produce and prepare family donation boxes. All ages, volunteers 17 and under need to have parent/guardian permission and signed waiver.

Senior Kosher Lunch Programs – Bowie, DC, Rockville, Silver Spring, Wheaton
Provide entertainment, help with food service.

Shepherd’s Table – Silver Spring
Volunteering and/or activities for Middle School and Elementary School students. Collect & donate clothing, food, toiletries, OTC medications & household items. Suitable for school/teen groups.

So Others Might Eat
Food service/kitchen work onsite or prepare meals off-site. Min. Age 13/Gr. 7 for Food Service, Gr. 10+ for Kitchen Work. Maximum group size 8; 1 adult for every 5 students.

Stepping Stones Family Shelter – Rockville
Prepare meals onsite or offsite. Childcare and other opportunities for groups and individuals of all ages. Also need donated food, clothing, toiletries and household items.Northern Virginia.

Thrive DC – NW DC
Help prepare and serve Breakfast and Dinner Monday-Friday. Food Rescue (seasonal)–Pick up fresh food donations at two local farmer’s markets.

Troop Treats
Donate/pack treats/care packages for US troops in Afghanistan/Iraq.

Washington DCJCC Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service
Behrend Builders – Repair, rebuild, and renovate homes, shelters, and community centers; Hunger Action – Prepare food for homeless shelters. Min. Age 16 w/out adults. Suitable for families, school/ teen groups.

Weekend Bag
The Weekend Bag program provides bags of groceries for children ages 5-18 for when school is not in session over the weekends.