- November 15, 2021
For Immediate Release
Jay Shepley, Communications Director
(202) 269-6857 (office); (812) 327-7849 (cell)
Volunteers and staff carry on a proud community tradition of caring for those in need, as the COVID epidemic continues
A proud Washington D.C. tradition continues this Thanksgiving, as Food & Friends’ staff and volunteers prepare and deliver 4,030 complete holiday meals to adults and children in the Washington D.C. region facing HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. Volunteers and staff are working hard to prepare meals in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, nearly 200 volunteer drivers will come through the Fort Totten Metro parking lot to pick up meals and do contactless deliveries across the region.
Staff and volunteers are preparing 8,520 pounds of turkey, 1,065 pounds of roasted potatoes,1,065 pounds of cornbread stuffing, 94 gallons of gravy, 76 gallons of butternut squash soup, 780 pounds of buttered corn, 780 pounds of braised collard greens, 650 pounds of cranberry sauce, 1,420 pieces of fresh fruit and 5,680 dinner rolls. Each Thanksgiving delivery will feed five people.
“This year especially, everyone deserves a celebration. We were founded during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, so we were built to respond with compassion when people need it the most,” says Carrie Stoltzfus, Executive Director of Food & Friends. “The families we serve deal with serious health issues every day, but we can make Thanksgiving a much better holiday for them. This is a proud community tradition, and we look forward to a strong response from our volunteers and supporters to fulfill our promise to our seriously ill neighbors.”
This year, Food & Friends is proud to have Wegman’s as the premiere sponsor of the holiday event. Chris Holland, Community Relations Coordinator for Wegmans Food Markets shared this message about their commitment, “at Wegmans, we’re devoted to being a good neighbor in every community we serve. As we prepare to open two new stores in the D.C. metro area, we considered how we can give back to the local community. One of our top priorities is helping to feed the hungry, so we’re proud to grow our partnership with Food & Friends this year to help provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Together, we can make our neighborhoods stronger.”
Food & Friends depends on the support of the entire community to make Thanksgiving a reality for its clients and will deliver 1.34 million medically tailored meals this coming year. To get involved in efforts and join the movement to bring food that heals to seriously ill neighbors in need visit: https://foodandfriends.org/events/thanksgiving-at-food-friends/.
November 23 – 24, and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hundreds of volunteers will join Food & Friends staff in physically-distanced Thanksgiving meal packing and delivery pick-ups.
Activities will be split between two locations this year:
Beginning 6 a.m. at Food & Friends’ facility, 219 Riggs Road NE, Washington, DC, 20011
Delivery pick-ups (11/25 only):
Beginning 7:30 a.m. at Fort Totten Metro Station Parking Lot
VISUALS / INTERVIEWS:
Reporters and cameras are invited into the Food & Friends kitchen Nov 23 – 24 as chefs and volunteers prepare the Thanksgiving meals. On Thanksgiving Day, media are invited to cover both the indoor, physically distanced packing operation and outdoor delivery pickup operation. Opportunities to accompany a delivery and interview a meal recipient are available upon request. Interview opportunities include Food & Friends’ CEO, chefs, and volunteers. Live shot opportunities are available and encouraged!
MEDIA NOTE: Please contact Jay Shepley at 202-269-6875 or email@example.com to coordinate coverage.
ABOUT FOOD & FRIENDS: Food & Friends is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered, specialized meals and nutrition counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends’ services are free-of-charge to recipients who qualify solely based on their health status and nutritional need. Monday-Saturday, including holidays, staff and volunteers deliver to 5,300 square miles including the District of Columbia, seven counties in Maryland, and seven counties and six independent cities in Virginia. Since 1988, Food & Friends has delivered more than 23 million meals to 37,000 individuals.
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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 106-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. The family company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 24 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2021. The company also ranked #1 on PEOPLE’s 2021 ‘Companies That Care’ list.