Hollingsworth LLP Designates Bread for the City as Its June Community Engagement Partner
news | June 2, 2021
Continuing our commitment to the DC community, the Firm designates Bread for the City as its June 2021 Community Engagement Partner. Since the COVID-19 vaccines became available, Bread for the City has run free walk-up vaccine centers across the city and has received accolades for its drive to promote vaccine access to all DC area residents.
Bread for the City’s mission is to assist low-income Washington, DC residents to develop the power “to determine the future of their communities”. In addition to providing food and clothing, Bread for the City provides medical care and legal and social services in order “to reduce the burden of poverty”. They “seek justice through community organizing and public advocacy”. They also work “to uproot racism, a major cause of poverty”, and are “committed to treating clients with the dignity and respect that all people deserve.”
Among other services, Bread for the City provides:
Primary Care Clinic
• Since 1974, Bread for the City’s medical clinic has helped to bridge the health care gap for uninsured and low-income adults and children in Washington, DC. Today, over 3,000 patients call Bread for the City their medical home. We provide primary care for all ages. Our dental, vision, and behavioral health clinics only see patients who come to Bread for the City for their primary health care. This allows our doctors to offer high-quality, coordinated, comprehensive services to every patient. The clinic also provides examinations, medications, lab tests, and referrals to patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
• 324,000 DC households experience food insecurity. Each month, Bread for the City’s two food pantries provide nutritious groceries — including fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats — to more than 8,400 clients living near the federal poverty line. Two monthly Farmers Markets offer fresh produce to the community at large, and as a Grocery Plus distribution site, Bread for the City offers an additional 30 lb box of food to a small number of seniors. Our Sustainable Agriculture division both grows food and educates the community at our two rooftop gardens and three-acre orchard.
• Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic provides advice and representation in three main areas to DC residents living with low-incomes:
o HOUSING LAW: helping tenants in landlord-tenant and subsidized housing cases.
o FAMILY/IMMIGRATION LAW: helping survivors of domestic violence in Civil Protection Orders, family law cases (like custody and divorce), and immigration cases (like VAWA self-petitions, U visas, and SIJS), plus helping custodial and non-custodial parents in child support cases.
o PUBLIC BENEFITS LAW: helping individuals facing problems with getting or keeping public benefits, like TANF, Food Stamps, and Medicaid.
In addition to the Firm donation to Bread for the City, Hollingsworth LLP is matching all donations made in June by its employees. We strongly encourage others in the DC business community to join in supporting this important organization doing life-sustaining work for Washington’s low-income and at-risk residents.