Monday, May, 23, 2016 at Chef’s
Best: A Taste of Compassion
National Building Museum, Washington, DC
Food & Friends is honored to present U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D), representing the 5th Congressional district of Maryland, with the first annual Public Servant, “Spirit of Caring” award. The award will be presented at Food & Friends’ signature event Chef’s Best: A Taste of Compassion presented by AT&T, held on May 23 at the National Building Museum.
The Public Servant “Spirit of Caring” award was established by Food & Friends to honor an elected or other public official for their exemplary leadership in furthering proposals and programs that promote the well-being of all citizens on such issues as: health care, food and nutrition services, or support for those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-challenging illnesses in their community.
Mr. Hoyer was first elected to Congress in 1981 and is currently the second-ranking figure in House Democratic Leadership. Representing the 5th Congressional district of Maryland, Congressman Hoyer has been a stalwart champion for thousands of Food & Friends clients and is a proponent of LGBTQ rights. Through his leadership in public office, sponsorship of relevant legislation, and his personal experience with family life-challenging illnesses, Mr. Hoyer has demonstrated a strong and constant commitment to fight for accessibility to health care.
In 2015, Food & Friends served 2700 clients with 1,016,622 total home delivered meals, with an average of 3,258 meals per day. Food & Friends serves four counties within Rep. Hoyer’s district: Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and Prince George’s counties, reaching 232 clients in 2015 with over 80,000 meals.
Food & Friends’ current client demographics in snapshot:
· - 35% HIV/AIDS / 45% cancer / 20% other serious illness
· - Washington DC 53% / Maryland 37% / Virginia 10%
As Food & Friends continues its advocacy efforts to improve the health, nutrition and social isolation of people living with life-challenging illnesses, it is vital to build bridges with concerned policy makers of every political party that promote the mission of Food & Friends.