It started with an innocent phone call from Jim Dinegar. What a shame, said Jim, to deep-six all the leftover food from office Christmas parties. Isn't there someplace where one could bring it?

What follows is the definitive answer. If your office crowd doesn't finish all the pate or all the roast beef, these are the places around the community that gratefully will use it to feed the homeless, the helpless and the hungry.

Researcher Michelle Hall put this list together. She suggests you call the following places first, to be sure someone's there to accept your food.

Martha's Table, 2124 14th St. NW, 328-6608 days, 234-1069 nights.

SOME (So Others Might Eat), 71 O St. NW, 797-8806.

Zacchaeus Soup Kitchen, 14th and Church Streets NW, 232-9440.

Dorothy Day House, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, 829-0340.

Mt. Carmel House, 471 G Pl. NW, 289-6315.

Rachel Women's Day Center, 1006 M St. NW, 682-1005 or 789-9474.

United Planning Organization Crisis Response Center, 1810 Edwin St. NE, 546-7300.

Anacostia Men's Life Center, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE, 678-8300, extension 22.

Family Crisis Center of Prince Georges County, 864-9101. Ask for Jeanette Clarke.

Bread for the City, 1305 14th St. NW, 332-0440.

Change, Inc., 1435 Park Rd. NW, 387-3725.

Christian Action Center, 1201 T St. NW, 332-3721 or 265-4494.

Community Family Life Services, 305 E St. NW, 347-0511.

Cooperative Urban Ministry Center, 1418 Ninth St. NW, 232-4928.

Council of Churches Program to Relieve Hunger, 1401 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 332-2080.

The Family Place, 1848 Columbia Rd. NW, 265-0149.

First Church of the Nazerene, 4401 16th St. NW, 723-3253.

People's Involvement Corp., 1100 First St. NW, 797-3900.

RAP, Inc., 1731 Willard St. NW, 462-7500.

Sacred Heart Church-Social Services, 1618 Monroe St. NW, 332-8666.

St. Stephen & The Incarnation Church, 16th and Newton streets NW, 232-0900.

Spanish Catholic Center, 3055 Mount Pleasant St. NW, 483-1520.

Third Street Church of God, 1204 Third St. NW, 347-5889.

Associated Catholic Charities, 220 Highview Pl. SE, 373-1530.

Center City Community Corp., 1126 First St. NE, 789-0866.

NNE/CIC Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Center, 1326 Florida Ave. NE, 399-6900.

VNA-Family Place-Better Babies Program, 1507 Benning Rd. NE, 397-3131.

Anacostia-Congress Heights Food Bank, Fifth Street and Martin Luther King Avenue SE, 767-7062-3-4.

Anacostia Network Food Pantry, 2001 14th St. SE, 678-4300.

Anna B. Johenning Baptist Center, 4025 Ninth St. SE, 894-5752.

Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 3401 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, 563-0385.

Consumer Action Unit Friendship House, 1011 Seventh St. SE, 675-9050.

Far East Community Service, 5929 East Capitol St. SE, 583-6000.

Neighborhood Development Center No. 3, 2929 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, 562-3800.

Senior Citizens Counseling and Delivery Service, 2500 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, 678-2800.

Southeast Neighborhood House, 1225 Maple View Pl. SE, 889-8043.

Vision of Hope Baptist Church, 3214 D St. SE, 575-4906 or 575-4809.

Southwest Community House, 203 N St. SW, apartment 114, 484-3135 or 484-3133.

Damascus Help, 253-2305 or 253-6594.

Fish of Laurel Inc., 262-7106.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 13801 Baden-Westwood Rd., Aquasco, Md., 888-1536.

Salvation Army-Bethesda, 4848 Cordell Ave., 986-8998.

Spanish Catholic Center, Langley Park Office, 1015 University Blvd., 431-3773.

Sylvan Vista Baptist Church, 1105 60th Ave., Fairmont Heights, Md., 925-8926.

Arlington Fish, Trinity Episcopal Church, 2217 Columbia Pike. Call 337-8660 for pickups.

Christ House, 131 S. West St., Alexandria, 549-8664.

Hopkins House Association, 1224 Princess St., Alexandria, 549-4232.

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 6919 Bull Run P.O. Rd., Centreville, 703-830-9364.

Reston Interfaith Inc., 2214 Stonewheel Dr., Reston, 476-6369.

Salvation Army of Prince William County, 204 Possum Point Rd., Dumfries, 221-2267.

Serve Inc., Manassas, 368-2979.

United Community Ministries, 6206 N. Kings Highway, Alexandria, 768-7106.

Proutist Universal Survival Center, 1354 Montague St. NW, 882-6193.

Tenth Street Baptist Church, 1000 R St. NW, 529-8328 or 232-1685.

Michaux Senior Citizens Center, 3700 Hayes St. NE, 397-8049.

Progressive Baptist Church, 1201 F St. NE, 543-4026 or 829-1023.

Washington City Church of the Brethren, 337 North Carolina Ave. SE, 547-5924.

The Shepherd's Table, 835 Bonifant St., Suite 1, Silver Spring, 585-4357 or 585-6463.

Bethany Woman's Center, 1335 N St. NW, 483-3739 or 232-9517.

Calvert Winter Shelter, 1717 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 833-9537.

Calvary Baptist Drop-In Center, 755 8th St. NW, 347-8355.

Calvary Baptist Emergency Women's Shelter, 755 8th St. NW, 783-6651.

Central Union Mission, 1350 R St. NW, 745-7118.

Community of Hope, Inc. Emergency (Family) Shelter Program, 1417 Belmont St. NW, 232-2289.

Gospel Mission, 810 Fifth St. NW, 842-1731.

Hannah House, 612 M St. NW, 289-4840.

House of Imagene 214 P St. NW, 797-7460.

House of Laureze, 1300 Monroe St. NW, 232-0421.

Luther Place Emergency Shelter, 1335 N St. NW, 387-5464.

House of Ruth, 651 10th St. NE, 547-2600.

My Sister's Place, 529-5991.

Pierce Shelter, 14th and G streets NE, 727-6899 (397-6630 before 4 p.m.).

St. Peter's Emergency Night Shelter, 1725 Michigan Ave. NE, 832-1176 (evenings) or 526-0204 (days).

American Rescue Workers, 716 Ritchie Rd., Capitol Heights, 336-6200.

Forest Glen Shelter Building, 125 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, 495-4900.

Rainbow Place, 215 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, 762-3363.

Starting Over Youth Resources Center Inc., Hyattsville, 779-1946 or 779-1257.

Stepping Stones Shelter, Rockville, 251-0567.

Alternative House (Juvenile Assistance of McLean), 2009 Gallows Rd., 356-6360.

Arlington Community Temporary Shelter Inc., 237-0881.

Arlington Salvation Army Shelter for Homeless Men, 518 S. Glebe Rd., 525-9632.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 256-3526.

Office on Women/Alexandria Women's Shelter, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., 838-4911.