Thank you for supporting Brainfood. With your help, we are providing young people with the space, tools, mentorship, and connections they need to become the next generation of leaders and food entrepreneurs.

Shop Homegrown

Brainfood graduates use skills they have learned to prepare, package, and sell Brainfood products. You can find our uniquely delicious, hand-crafted snacks at our partner retailers: Union Market, Washington’s Green Grocer, Shop Made in DCOdd ProvisionsDC Brau Brewing CompanyThree Stars Brewing Company, Yang Market, and Ivy City Smokehouse. All proceeds from the sales of our products go to support Brainfood programs.

Want to learn more about our Homegrown program?

Volunteer With Brainfood

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our work at Brainfood. Whether they’re turning compost in the youth garden, staffing a fundraiser registration table, being a listening ear for a Brainfood teen, or testing a sweet potato biscuit in our kitchen, volunteers make it possible to do the work we do.

Volunteers who sign up for our eight-month programs have the opportunity to work one-on-one in the kitchen with students each week. We also rely on volunteers during special events like garden work days and fundraisers.

Brainfood Volunteer Opportunities Overview

Here are some stories from our great volunteers!

I was fortunate to work with a core group of students for 2, 3, and 4 years through the Community Cooking Coaches program, getting to know them and their families, while supporting them throughout the program year. This gave me the opportunity to watch the students develop leadership, communication and presentation skills that, hopefully, will serve them well as they move onto college and careers. Loved seeing students take the knowledge/skills learned at Brainfood back to their homes, sharing with family and friends. It all makes you feel, that in some small way, you are making a difference in students lives.

Mary Jo ShacklefordExSelleration, LLC

I’ve volunteered for Brainfood as an IT advisor since 2008. The energy of the Brainfood staff has always been off the charts and was a real inspiration for me to get involved. Their passion for the mission makes me want to give continuously and be there when needed.

Jimmy StewartNAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness

Brainfood is literally the highlight of my week. I really love hanging out and getting to know the students. I have been lucky to watch a handful of the students I started with in beginner programs grow up and mature in the past three years before my eyes. They make me so proud and they inspire me to try new things, be more creative and think out of the box when I cook.

Lauryn WoodruffHunger Free America, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

I’ve been a Brainfood weekly classroom assistant for six years, and am always inspired by the Brainfood model and how it engages young adults while building and supporting lifelong skills like teamwork, cooperation and of course cooking.

Kim MazyckCRS (Catholic Relief Services)

I love having the opportunity to make a difference in some else’s life and I love cooking too. It’s perfect!

Stephanie AcksEntertainment Cruises

Are you ready to make a difference and volunteer? Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Kirsch