Hunger and Homelessness Task Force

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The SHOEBOX PROJECT is now the Backpack Project!

On December 3 and 4, 2022...
We will be assembling over 1000 backpacks with warm hats, warm gloves and an assortment of practical items for our vulnerable neighbors on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5. You are invited to join us. We ask that everyone who assembles backpacks inside the meeting house wear a mask. 

If you prefer you can take a “kit” home to assemble and bring back. Call the office at 202-483-3310 and let us know which day and what time you would like to come to the meeting house.



Report from "SHOEBOX PROJECT" December 2019!

Each December, we assemble and fill about 1000 shoeboxes with warm hats, warm gloves and an assortment of practical items for our vulnerable neighbors. Merry Christmas!

Click HERE to donate to the Shoebox Project (be sure to designate your contribution for this purpose).


Gifts wrapped in comic pages



Going to the shelter with presents 

Boxes filled with practical items--and candy

Photos by Jenifer Morris Photography

The Hunger and Homelessness Task Force participates in the following projects and meets on the fourth Sunday of each month in the Decatur Place Room at noon. Please feel welcome to join us.

For information about any of these events, please use our "Contact Us" page.

Click this link to see a list of committee members.



CHRIST HOUSE DINNER: Volunteers prepare and serve dinner to about 50 men on the fourth Sunday of each month from 3:30 PM until about 7 PM at Christ House, 1717 Columbia Rd., NW, a residential medical care facility for homeless men.

CHURCH OF THE PILGRIMS LUNCH: Four volunteers prepare and serve lunch for about 40 homeless people at the Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P St. NW,  two blocks south of Friends Meeting of Washington. Volunteers are invited to help set up from 11 AM to noon and /or serve from 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM on the first Sunday of each month. 

S.O.M.E.  BREAKFAST: Four to six volunteers prepare and serve a pancake breakfast for about 250 homeless people at "So Others Might Eat" (SOME) at 71 O St., NW from 6:30 AM until 9 AM on the first Saturday of each month.  Tim Schleicher at

The GRATE PATROL (SOUP MOBILE) On the first Wednesday of each month, Friends are needed to help with as much as they feel comfortable providing. We buy food for 120 (fruit, bread, hard boiled eggs and cookies) prepare sandwiches in the Decatur Place Room from about 5:30 to 6:30 PM, then bag the sandwiches and and serve with chili around town from the Salvation Army van between around 6:45 and 8:30 PM. Contact Alan W. Field" or Louisa Terrell,


HOLIDAY SHOE BOXES: Starting in September, nearly two thousand shoe boxes will be filled with basic necessities for homeless men, women and children, and then wrapped in colorful comics for distribution to homeless shelters on the Sunday before Christmas.  


FOOD BASKETS: Baskets are placed in the halls on First Day for food donations to Martha's Table, which provides meals to homeless children and to children in the Columbia Heights area. Nonperishable items in boxes or cans are needed.