Service Learning


The Food & Friends Service Learning Program provides students with the opportunity to relate classroom learning to real world experiences while instilling the value of community service. In addition to packing and delivering meals for Food & Friends’ clients, students will participate in a fun and educational activity. Through this program, students will gain valuable knowledge and see, first-hand, how their service impacts the lives of children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.

Three Basic Program Types

  • Service-Based Program: integrates classroom activities with volunteer opportunities
  • Team Building Training: teaches life skills to middle and high school students through volunteer service work
  • After-School Volunteer Program: opportunity for high school students to earn community service hours

How Students Benefit

Packing and delivering meals for Food & Friends is a fun and fulfilling experience that provides students with a break from the traditional classroom setting and brings learning to life. The tasks students will complete also teach them to follow instructions, work together efficiently, and gain an important perspective on issues such as HIV/AIDS and nutrition.

Customized Structure

Our Service Learning Program is a convenient and customizable activity- based development tool. When planning a Service Learning experience, Food & Friends' staff works closely with school educators to tailor each activity to meet the specific needs of each school regarding subject matter, length of activity and number of visits to ensure a unique learning experience.

How it Works

  • Select 10-20 students, 7th grade or older, to participate
  • Plan your volunteer days; Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm
  • Service Learning activities are Monday-Thursday
  • Educators can choose topics which are relevant to their class and students interests. Activities run 20-60 minutes and can be done at Food & Friends or the school.
  • Plan transportation. Shuttle service available from the Fort Totten Metro Station

Contact Luisa Furstenberg-Beckman, Service Learning Coordinator, to participate in the program at or (202) 269-6832.