FAQs

 

How many people does Food & Friends serve?

Currently, Food & Friends provides meals and groceries to more than 3,000 clients per year. Since 1988, we have served more than 25,000 individuals.

How do Food & Friends clients qualify for services?

Food & Friends provides meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with life-challenging illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. Determination of eligibility is entirely health-based. Food & Friends has no requirements for income or insurance coverage. To be eligible for service, a person must have a qualifying primary illness, compromised nutritional status and a limited ability to prepare his/her own meals due to factors such as disability, illness, or medical treatment. Click here to see our quick eligibility guidelines.

Does Food & Friends charge for its services?

Thanks to community support, we have never required fees for our services.  Food & Friends' annual budget for 2014 is more than $9 million.  Financial support comes from individuals, corporations/foundations and public funding.

Is all of your food donated?

Due to the importance of food safety and our specially designed food menus, the majority of Food & Friends' food is purchased. However, we do accept food donations of non-perishable goods for our Groceries-to-Go service. Food & Friends is a member of the Capital Area Food Bank, which provides food for purchase at a very reduced rate.

Is Food & Friends the same as Meals on Wheels?

Food & Friends' services are specially designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses. A team of chefs and registered dietitians designs all of our meals. We offer 11 meal plans that meet our clients' special dietary restrictions. Food & Friends provides 3 nutritious meals a day, up to 6 days a week.  We also serve children, caretakers and other dependents in the home if there is a need.  All of our services are provided at no cost to recipients.  Food & Friends also provides in-depth nutrition education and counseling and unique program enhancements, such as cooking classes and special holiday meals.  The differences between Food & Friends and Meals on Wheels programs vary based on client eligibility requirements, charge for services, number and types of meals available, service to dependents and other programs available to clients.

Does Food & Friends deliver outside of Washington, DC?

Yes, Food & Friends delivers throughout the metropolitan area, as far north as Hagerstown, Maryland, and as far south as Fredericksburg, Virginia, a total delivery area of nearly 5,300 square miles. About 46% of our clients live in the District of Columbia.

Do you have other locations?

Food & Friends operates out of a 25,000 square foot facility in northeast Washington. We also have neighborhood distribution sites throughout the metropolitan area.

Are there agencies like Food & Friends in other cities?

There are agencies similar to Food & Friends in cities throughout the country.

Is Food & Friends run by volunteers?

Food & Friends could not carry out its mission without the support of more than10,000 volunteers each year. We also have 53 staff members, including drivers, chefs, fundraisers and dietitians.

How can I get involved?

We’re glad you asked! We are always in need of new volunteers and contributors.

What is Food & Friends' tax exempt status?

Food & Friends is registered with the IRS as a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. Contributions to Food & Friends are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.