Guest post by David Kosub
This week, we are getting over that pesky tryptophan-induced narcolepsy, back in the swing of our work lives, buying stuff online for the holidays, and perhaps even giving some back to others in need. In the spirit of giving, I wanted to share this wonderful piece of joy originating right here in our neighborhood.
Food and Friends is a regional nonprofit, located right in our backyard, that provides home-delivered, specialized meals and nutrition counseling for persons tackling some truly debilitating illnesses. Since 1988, over 31,000 clients and their families have received over 21 million meals.
Each meal aims to serve five people. The best part is this allows those folks, who have relied on the support of their families throughout the year, an opportunity to return the favor and be the one serving them.
Last Thursday, nearly 700 clients and their families received full turkey dinners from Food and Friends. Five hundred volunteers helped prepare these meals and an additional six hundred delivered them across the District, Maryland, and Virginia. Though that is simply astonishing in its own right, check out what exactly the team right around the corner was cooking:
8,520 pounds of roasted Turkey
1,065 pounds of cornbread stuffing
980 pounds of glazed sweet potatoes
1,050 pounds of roasted red potatoes (yum)
780 pounds of seasoned green beans
780 pounds of buttered corn
780 pounds of braised collard greens (yum again!)
650 pounds of cranberry sauce
76 gallons of butternut squash soup (yes, please!)
94 gallons of gravy
1,440 pears, oranges, and apples
1,420 apple and pecan pies
My wife and I have witnessed first-hand how truly passionate the staff are for their clients and families.Though we were unable to volunteer this year, we have delivered these meals for previous Thanksgivings. We still remember how excited and happy everybody was to receive their holiday dinner, and wished we could participate again this time around.
This is a great resource in our neighborhood. Please consider volunteering with them sometime too. They need folks year round to deliver meals throughout the DC metro area, prepping and preparing meals in the kitchen, as well as other special events (such as these coming up this winter). You can also consider donating directly to them if you are unable to volunteer.
Finally, if you know someone who may benefit from their services, please do consider making a referral on their behalf.