Basic Needs

SOME was founded in 1970 with a small act of kindness—providing sandwiches to our hungry neighbors. Ensuring that those experiencing homelessness and poverty can meet their daily needs remains a core service at SOME. Whether the need is a hot meal or shower, a solid pair of shoes or non-perishable items to help feed a family, SOME is here to help.

SOME’s basic needs services are open to all, no questions asked, no judgement given. Services include:

Need help now? Visit our Get Help page or call 202.797.8806


Dining Room

SOME’s Dining Room provides two hot, nutritious meals every day of the year to anyone who needs it—no questions asked. Our staff strives to provide quality service in an environment that is clean, safe, and respectful to all.

SOME’s Dining Room has space to accommodate women and families who may not want to sit in the main dining room. We also host a number of special events throughout the year, such as Professional Day and SOMEfest.

Sandwiches and fruit are available for guests to take with them after meals and guests who miss breakfast or lunch can visit the front desk at 71 O Street to see if there are bagged lunches available.

Contact: 202.797.8806 x2109

Location: 71 O Street, NW
Breakfast Hours: 7:00am to 8:30am
Lunch Hours: 11:30am to 1:00pm

Eligibility: The Dining Room is open to all, no questions asked

Upcoming Special Events

Stay tuned for information on upcoming special events in our Dining Room

SOME is incredibly grateful to our Provide-A-Meal partners. PAM Groups provide meals on a regular basis and are crucial to our success.

The Dining Room relies heavily on volunteers to prepare and serve meals every day. Click here to view available volunteer opportunities.

Showers

SOME’s shower facilities are available for use every day of the year. Toiletries and towels will be provided. We offer standard morning blocks for men and women. Transgender persons, those with medical referrals, people with disabilities, and other authorized emergencies can shower by appointment in the afternoons.

Contact: Visit the front desk at 71 O Street, NW or call 202.797.8806 x2109

Location: 71 O Street, NW
Men’s Hours: 7:00am to 9:30am
Women’s Hours: 9:45am to 11:00am

Showers available by appointment in the afternoons for transgender persons, those with medical referrals, people with disabilities, and other authorized emergencies

Eligibility: Our shower facilities are available to all

Hygiene kits, containing soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, and feminine hygiene products, are also available at the front desk.

Clothing

SOME’s clothing room offers clothing, shoes, accessories, and small home goods to those in need. Items are seasonally appropriate and provided free of charge. We also have a special room for children’s clothing and associated items.

Hygiene kits, containing soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, and feminine hygiene products, are also available.

Contact: 202.797.8806 x2109

Location: 71 O Street, NW
Adult Hours: 9:00am to 12:30pm, Tuesdays and Fridays
Children Hours: 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Mondays and Wednesday
Emergency items and hygiene kits are available at the front desk of 71 O Street, NW.

Eligibility: ID required for adults. A Social Security card or birth certificate must be presented per child receiving items (children do not need to be present).

Volunteers are needed to help sort donated items and maintain the clothing room. Click here to view available volunteer opportunities.

SOME accepts donations of seasonally appropriate clothing and other material goods. Click here to view our most needed items and for drop-off hours.

Food Pantry

SOME’s food pantry offers non-perishable food items and fresh produce (when available) to those who need extra help to ensure that they and their families have enough to eat. At SOME’s food pantry, we do our best to provide items that support healthy eating—whole grains, low-sodium and low-sugar products, and healthy snacks.

Contact: 202.797.8806 x2109

Location: 71 O Street, NW
Hours: 7:30am, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays - We will serve the first 10 individuals each morning.

Eligibility: ID required. Persons can receive pantry items twice each month.

SOME distributes over 70,000 pounds of groceries each year to those in need. We rely on donations of food items to meet this need. Click here to view our most needed items and for drop-off hours.