Extending a helping hand, one meal at a time
Here in Southeast Washington, D.C., we have a lot of families and individuals struggling to get the resources they need right now. As soon as we realized the city was closing its schools, we at the DC Dream Center knew this would add an extra layer of food insecurity as parents must fill in gaps to feed their children. With many job prospects more precarious than ever, this heightened financial uncertainty solidified the need for us to reach out.
We repurposed our Dream Center site as a food distribution center, where we are handing out donations of food and hygiene products. This work would not be possible without the large amount of donations from local businesses, including grocery stores and hotels in the region. Local small business owner Meredith Jacobs volunteered to make meals for us, and we have begun partnering with World Central Kitchen to expand our outreach.
So far, we have given out more than 8,000 meals, providing approximately 300 meals a day for the community seven days a week. Knowing the urgency of this situation for our neighboring residents, we have paused all of our programs and diverted funds and employee hours to this COVID-19 response. Knowing we can alleviate some daily stressors one person at a time has motivated us, and we’re encouraged by the continued generosity of our partners donating food and resources.