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Miriam's Kitchen

Working to end homelessness in D.C.


AGE RANGE - 18 and above

What is Miriam's Kitchen?

Miriam's Kitchen provides food, housing, advocacy and social services, all with the aim of ending chronic homelessness in DC.

Founded in 1983, Miriam's Kitchen began by serving breakfast. But after seeing the same individuals year after year, Miriam's Kitchen expanded its mission. Today, from meals to housing, Miriam’s Kitchen plays a critical role in the fight to end chronic homelessness in DC. Its direct services help guests increase their income, improve their health, and obtain housing. Their advocacy work addresses root causes of homelessness, seeks enough housing resources for all who need it, and pushes for city-wide change to end homelessness as we know it in our community.

How do I volunteer?

Miriam's Kitchen provides virtual volunteer orientation for all volunteers, and expects at least a once a month commitment. All volunteers must be vaccinated. Opportunities include:

Kitchen Shifts: volunteers help with simple kitchen tasks and serving the meal. No cooking skills are required!

Breakfast: Monday – Friday, 6:15-8:30 am Dinner: Monday – Friday, 3:00-5:30 pm

Dining Room Shifts: volunteers package to-go boxes and serve drinks Breakfast: Monday – Friday, 6:30-8:15 am Dinner: Monday – Friday, 3:30-5:15 pm

Guest Services Shifts: volunteers hand out toiletries and clothing bags to our guests Breakfast: Monday – Friday, 6:30-8:15 am Dinner: Monday – Friday, 3:30-5:15 pm

Coffee Prep Shifts: volunteers put together cream and sugar packets – we go through 800 a day! Monday – Friday, 9:00-11:00am

Social Services Prep Shifts: volunteers organize our clothing closet and put together clothing bags for our guests. Monday – Thursday, 9:30-11:00 am

Begin with an orientation, and then reach out to Miriam's Kitchen to begin!

Feel free to share extra information and personal experiences in the comments below, or head over to the forum!


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