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Brethren Nutrition Program (BNP)

Capitol Hill’s only soup kitchen, located in the Church of the Brethren, BNP is a cooperative effort supported by the Brethren, local businesses and congregations, schools, and members of the community. Capital Hill Presbyterian Church makes food for the BNP. Since the Soup Kitchen is the areas only daily meal service, it fills a critical need for those who face hunger and homelessness here in our neighborhood.

With its open door policy, the Soup Kitchen welcomes everyone to join in the meals – there are no eligibility requirements.  Many of the guests are unemployed and homeless; other are employed, but reside in shelters while they search for permanent, affordable housing.  A meal at the Soup Kitchen has also become one way that a number of guests are able to stretch severely limited income.

Volunteers provide assistance with food preparation, food service, and cleanup. For those committed to taking part in preparation, service, and clean up, expect to be helping from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Volunteer help is needed for the whole process, from preparation to serving to clean up. We understand that not all individuals or groups can commit to around four hours, so please let us know if you or your group can only serve for a specific portion (prepping, serving, or cleaning). We want to accommodate you!

Some volunteers helping with food preparation may be asked to arrive earlier in special situations, though they generally arrive around 10:00 AM. Volunteers assisting in food service only arrive at 11:30 AM. Lunch is served from 12 noon to 1:30 PM. Clean up is ongoing but typically lasts until 2:30 PM.

All prospective volunteers must complete the volunteer application form. An orientation to the soup kitchen will be provided on the first morning of service. We can also provide a brief educational session on the broader issues of hunger, homelessness, and urban poverty, as requested.

Please sign up for Brethren Nutrition Program Soup Kitchen – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/sYUgFG
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Jennifer Hosler, interim Brethren Nutrition Program Coordinator, at bnp.cob@aol.com or call the church at 202-547-5924. Again, thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Brethren Nutrition Program!

Here is additional information for volunteering:
BNP volunteer overview – 2013
BNP Volunteer Application 2013 – Groups
BNP Orientation Letter 2013