Who We Are

Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1,800 meals to 60 clients. Since our inception, we have moved from the cramped church basement to our own state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry facility and initiated new programs to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan community.

Vision Statement:

A community where everyone who is seriously ill has the nourishment they need to manage their illness.
Food & Friends is built on a simple premise: anyone can get sick and everyone can help.

  • We believe that everyone managing a serious illness should have the nourishment they need to improve their health and enhance their quality of life, so we prepare and provide specialized meals that are designed to meet the medical and dietary needs of each of our clients.
  • We believe in nourishing both the body and the mind, so our meals are delivered by caring community members who also help end the sense of social isolation that can result from a serious illness, particularly for the homebound.
  • We believe that no one is immune from illness, regardless of demographics or economic status.
  • We believe in the power of compassion and the importance of neighbors helping neighbors, so we create opportunities for impactful and fulfilling volunteer service that helps our sick neighbors in need and builds a healthier community for all.

Mission Statement:

To improve the lives and health of people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves by:

  • preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries that are designed to meet the medical and dietary needs of each of our clients;
  • providing nutritional counseling and wellness education that enhances our clients’ quality of life; and
  • creating a strong sense of community for both our clients and volunteers that reduces the social isolation that often comes with serious illnesses and provides meaningful opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors in need.

Food & Friends Values:

Compassion: With hearts open to the needs of all, we believe friendship, empathy and kindness are as much a part of the sustenance we provide as the meals we prepare.

Community: Partnerships and collaborations are vital to our success, both inside and outside the organization, as we build communities that invest in the welfare of others.

Dignity: Through confidentiality, respect, and a commitment to quality of life for all, we recognize the dignity of every client, volunteer, donor, staff member, and guest.

Diversity: The caring, loving, fun and dynamic nature of our organization is made possible by the diversity of the people we serve and those who help us serve.

Excellence: At every level of operation and public engagement – from food planning and preparation to nutrition education and workshops, from volunteer coordination to special events – we are committed to the highest standards of quality and excellence.

Reliability: As safety, trustworthiness and dependability in all aspects of our operations are the cornerstones of our services, our clients, volunteers, staff and guests can rely on us to fulfill our mission without fail every day.

Accountability: At every level of our organization we are accountable to our clients, donors, volunteers, staff and the public – with unwavering integrity of program services and financial standards.


Food & Friends is a proud member of the Food Is Medicine Coalition.

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