7,860 Pounds of Turkey and 1,400 Pies on the Menu for DC-Area Residents Living with
HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Other Life-Challenging Illnesses
On November 20 – 22, and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 23rd, 4:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. A wonderful DC tradition continues this Thanksgiving, as Food & Friends’ staff and hundreds of volunteers prepare and deliver 3,500 complete holiday dinners to children and adults in the DC region facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Staff and volunteers are preparing 7,860 pounds of turkey, 1,050 pounds of roasted potatoes, 975 pounds of cornbread stuffing, and 5,240 dinner rolls the three days leading up to Thanksgiving. The week culminates with the massive assembling and delivering of the meals on Thanksgiving morning. Each Thanksgiving delivery will feed five people, giving clients the opportunity to host dinner for friends and family.
“The reality is that even during the holidays our clients, who suffer from chronic and complex medical issues, are unable to celebrate in the most basic and necessary way – with a warm Thanksgiving meal for their families,” says Craig Shniderman, Executive Director of Food & Friends. “These children and families deal with serious issues every day, but we can make Thanksgiving a much better holiday. Setting some extra places at the table is our Thanksgiving tradition.”
Food & Friends depends on the support of the entire community to make Thanksgiving a reality for its clients and delivers nearly 1 million meals annually.