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 dried grains such as rice or pasta
3 cans vegetables
3 proteins such as family-size cans/pouches of tuna, beans (canned or dried) and/or peanut butter/nut butters
2 cans of fruit or applesauce
oatmeal or breakfast cereal and boxed milk
3 other family-friendly kitchen staples (canned soup or broth, pasta sauce, cooking oil, etc)
1-2 boxes of child-friendly snacks
Diapers (larger sizes, in particular), toilet paper, paper towels, household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and other non-food essentials are also greatly appreciated.
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, sign up for an available slot here.
To be notified about other volunteer opportunities and special updates with deliveries, fill out this form.
All students volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.