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.
For food donations, we ask that you assemble one or more bags with the NON-PERISHABLE grocery items listed below.
Suggested Items for each bag:
3 packages of grains such as rice or pasta
3 canned vegetables
3 proteins such as tuna, beans (canned or dried) and/or peanut butter/nut butters
2 canned fruit such as applesauce or small shelf-stable packages of fruit in syrup
2 boxes of breakfast cereal or oatmeal
3 other family-friendly kitchen staples (boxed milk, broth, pasta sauce, cooking oil, etc)
1-2 child-friendly snacks
Toilet paper or Paper Towels
Household cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, soaps, toothpaste, and other non-food items have also been requested.
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 purchase supplemental groceries supplies, or help fund occasional giveaways of grocery-store gift cards, which can be used to buy perishable items, such as eggs and meat, which are NOT included in food bags.
Volunteer Delivery Drivers
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.
If you would like to volunteer, click here.
All students volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.