Food & Friends is serving thousands of Thanksgiving meals to DMV residents

D.C.’s massive community tradition continues on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers with Food & Friends, a local community organization, has prepared and delivered thousands of Thanksgiving meals to people at the DMV who are seriously ill and food insecure.

FOX 5’s Ayesha Khan visited a nonprofit in Northeast DC, and went to drop it off to learn more about the special tradition, which has been going on for more than 30 years.

The goal was to serve more than 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to about 900 families at the DMV.

Volunteers and staff worked hard for weeks to get the meals together before Thanksgiving. One of those volunteers, Shanica Rawlings, told FOX 5 that she was thrilled to be doing the work.

“Community is important, so once you build community, and allow yourself opportunities to give back to your community, you are building a positive environment and a positive world, and once you know, you keep giving, and eventually you will start receiving those blessings,” Rawlings said.

Meal recipients say they appreciate the effort.

“Getting food is always nice especially when friends are cooking for you,” Sherrone Polite, one of the recipients of the Thanksgiving meal, told FOX 5.

Meddeb, a former D.C. police officer, was left visually impaired after an on-the-job injury years ago.

“I am a visually impaired person and need help preparing meals and making sure my nutrition is stable at home so I can stay in the community,” Pollitt said.

Food & Friends executive chef, Rasheed Abdelrahman, says the organization’s mission has become even more important as demand for food increases in underserved communities.

“The supply chain is down. I mean since COVID a lot of people didn’t go back to work and part of the problem was there weren’t people to do the job and the cost of gas went up so a lot of that reversed and went straight into food cost and food availability,” Abdurrahman explains.

Food & Friends says it wouldn’t be possible to achieve its mission without the help of volunteers and the community.

To learn more about how to volunteer with the organization, click here.

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