Food Donations

Canned Food DriveThrive DC serves breakfast and dinner to over 200 people each day. We depend on the support and generosity of our community to make sure our clients receive full and healthy meals to get them back on their feet.

You can have a big impact in one of two ways:

Fresh Food Donations

We are in constant need of heart healthy, fresh food to serve our clients. Grocery stores, restaurants, and individuals with bulk purchase options can help us greatly with the following items:

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Protein like meat or beans
  • Bulk Coffee
  • Milk

If you are a restaurant or grocery store interested in donating food to us, please contact our staff below! You may also want to review our guidelines for donating commercial food.

Food Recovery Guidelines
Food Recovery Guidelines – Quick Reference Sheet

Emergency Grocery Bags

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we hand out emergency grocery bags to our low-income and homeless clients that don’t have a stable source of food. We give out as many as we can, but always run out. You can help us provide reliable, shelf-stable food to clients when they aren’t able to get to Thrive DC:

  • Protein bars
  • Granola bars
  • Pop-top canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice & Pasta
  • Pop-top canned meat and fish

If you would like a flyer to help promote your efforts, please feel free to use this one! Canned Food Drive Flyer

Dropping Off Donations

Unfortunately, we are not able to pick up donations. But you can bring things to us at our location in Columbia Heights Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Before you come, please let our staff listed below know to expect you! If you are unable to get to us during normal operating hours, we would be happy to talk about setting up a more convenient time for drop offs.


If you would like to donate food from a restaurant, grocery store, or business, or organize a Canned Food Drive with your church, school, or place of work please contact Greg at (202) 503-1528 or