Volunteering at Food & Friends

Food & Friends is actively monitoring the situation with regard to COVID-19. Our staff has reworked our operations and deliveries in order to maintain greater social distancing and safety. If you’re healthy, we need your help to get meals out to our clients. When volunteering, we ask that you:

  • Cancel your shift and do not come in if you feel sick.
  • Take your temperature before coming into volunteer. If it’s 100.2 or higher, stay home.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Adhere to Food & Friends’ volunteer spacing to ensure you remain 6’ apart from staff and other volunteers.

You can read our latest COVID19 update here.

Food & Friends was founded in 1988 by a small group of volunteers, and volunteers remain at the heart of our operation. We depend on thousands of volunteers to carry out our mission of delivering specialized, nutritious meals and groceries along with nutrition counseling to men, women and children facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.

If you have any additional questions about volunteering, please contact volunteer@foodandfriends.org or call (202) 269-2277.


Volunteer as an Individual

At Food & Friends we have many different volunteer opportunities that can fit your busy schedule and interests. All individual volunteers must first attend an orientation and undergo a criminal background check to get started. We ask for a least a 6 month or 20 hour commitment from all individual volunteers.


Volunteer as a Group

We rely on volunteer groups daily to help prepare & package our meals in the kitchen and deliver meals to our clients’ doors. Without the support of organizations we simply could not provide 3,000 meals to our clients each day. We would love to have your school, corporate, social, or faith based group join us at Food & Friends for a great day of teambuilding while serving our clients.


“"Food & Friends embodies the qualities of a family... This place will change your life"” - Jeri Wasco