WASHINGTON – On Thanksgiving Day, a great community tradition continued in DC. Volunteers from Food & Friends, a local community-based organization, prepared and delivered thousands of Thanksgiving meals to people in DMV struggling with serious illness and food insecurity.
FOX 5’s Ayesha Khan visited the northeast DC nonprofit and attended a delivery to learn about the special tradition that’s been going on for more than 30 years.
The goal was to deliver more than 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to approximately 900 families in the DMV.
Volunteers and staff have worked hard for weeks to put together the pre-Thanksgiving meals. One of those volunteers, Shanika Rawlings, tells FOX 5 that she was happy to get the job done.
“Community is important. So when you build a community and allow yourself opportunities to give back to your community, you build a positive environment, a positive world, and eventually as you keep giving, you will start receiving those blessings too,” Rawlings said.
Meal recipients say they appreciate the effort.
“It’s always a wonderful thing to get the food, especially when friends are cooking you food,” Sherrone Polite, a Thanksgiving dinner recipient, told FOX 5.
Polite, a former DC cop, was visually impaired following a work injury years ago.
“I am a visually impaired person who would need help preparing meals and ensuring a stable diet at home so I can stay in the community,” Polite said.
Food & Friends executive chef Rasheed Abdurrahman says the organization’s mission has become more important as demand for food in underserved communities increases.
“The supply chain is disrupted. I mean since COVID a lot of people haven’t returned to work and part of the problem was there weren’t people to do the work and the cost of gas was going up so a lot of that reflected and went straight to the cost of groceries and the availability of food,” explains Abdurrahman.
Food & Friends says its mission would not be possible without the help of volunteers and the community.
To learn more about how you can volunteer with the organization, click here.