Food & Friends delivers meals and groceries to clients living throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Our delivery radius covers more than 5,300 square miles, so volunteers play a critical role in accomplishing this daily endeavor. Deliveries are made between 10:00am-3:00pm, so volunteers are asked to begin their route between 9:30 a.m.- Noon. A typical route has between 6-10 stops and can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to complete. Maps and written driving directions are provided for each route.
This is a great way to connect with our clients. It is also a great activity to do with your friends, family, or co-workers during your lunch hour. Volunteers must use their own vehicle, be at least 18 years old (or accompanied by someone 18 years or older), and have a valid driver's license to participate. If you are interested in becoming a delivery volunteer, please contact Don Pitz at 202.269.6835.
You can choose to pick up the meals at Food & Friends or at any of our convenient Distribution Partners.
Where do we need the help?
Volunteers can "adopt a route." We prefer matching up volunteers with the neighborhood they know the best. If it is most convenient for you to deliver in Hyattsville, MD, then we will set you up with the Hyattsville route. Once you adopt a route, you will always deliver to the same area unless you request a change. That way, you will see the same clients. That means a lot to our clients, as they look forward to seeing you. Lasting bonds and friendship often develop.
Our clients are split into two separate schedules, based on where they live:
Our areas of greatest need are neighborhoods in the Eastern quadrants of DC.
If you live or work outside the Capital Beltway, we may be able to drop off your deliveries at your home or office. We do this for a number of volunteers. It works great for us, and this is the most convenient way for our volunteers to fit their deliveries inside a lunch break.
Did you know that the miles you drive for Food & Friends may be tax-deductible? Typically, the miles you drive to and from Food & Friends, as well as the miles you drive while on deliveries, are tax deductible. For details consult your tax adviser or refer to the Internal Revenue Service website and do a search for Publication 526. This publication lists the various ways in which you can take deductions for volunteer-related services.