The COVID-19 pandemic has increased both the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in our country--including in our own Bethesda-Chevy Chase community. The closure of non-essential businesses has created a ripple effect through the economy, causing alarming levels of financial insecurity, and with it, food insecurity, all around us.
If you are able, be part of the solution by donating food, money, or time to help your neighbors. Here2Help volunteers deliver free bags of groceries, donated by the community, to area residents who need it.
NEW! Our volunteer opportunities are expanding!
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If you would like to volunteer to deliver food to families in need, please know that we have created a simple, safe system that does not involve direct contact with other parties. All students volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. SSL hours may be earned. (Please see our SSL guide for details.)
Sign up for current delivery slots at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ea4ad23a3fdcf8-october
To be notified about other volunteer opportunities and special updates with deliveries, fill out this form.
To mail us a check, email us at here2helpmc.com for the address.
To Venmo us, please send your donation to @here2helpmc.
The funds will help cover supplemental groceries supplies; occasional giveaways of grocery-store gift cards; and Here2Help's limited administrative costs (such as insurance).
We appreciate donations of the non-perishable foods and essential personal and household items listed below.
Donations may be dropped at any of the area drop-off locations listed to the right; click a site button for specific details.
Non-perishable food items:
dried grains, such as rice or pasta
canned fruit, dried fruit, or applesauce
proteins, such as cans/pouches of tuna, beans (canned or dried), nuts and/or peanut butter/nut butters
oatmeal or breakfast cereal and boxed milk
other family-friendly kitchen staples, such as canned soup or broth, pasta sauce, cooking oil, etc.
healthy, child-friendly snacks, such as crackers, cereal bars, or granola bars
Other essential personal / household items:
Diapers (larger sizes, in particular) and baby wipes
Toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner
Dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach-based cleaners, cleaning wipes