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July 16, 2013

Delivering 1,000 Gallons of Water to Clients in Prince George’s County Affected by Water Outage

In response to the massive water outage in Prince George’s County taking place this week, Food & Friends will be delivering water to clients living in the affected area. In a normal day, we deliver nutritious meals to children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Under these circumstances, we will also be delivering water with each meal delivery.

According to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's (WSSC) website, nearly 100,000 people could be affected by the massive water shutoff happening later today. Nearly 100 of those residents are clients of Food & Friends. These people are already facing difficult health circumstances which will be worsened by a lack of clean drinking water.

We will deliver 2.5 gallons of water per day to each client and their family members. From Wednesday to Friday, this will amount to nearly 1,000 gallons of water.

“This outage could not have come at a worst time. Many of our clients are homebound and are unable to walk to the grocery store or fight the crowds to purchase clean drinking water,” says Janell Walker, Assistant Director of Program Services and Registered Dietitian. “The heat already brings unrelenting health concerns for the thousands of clients we serve: dehydration, weak appetites and fatigue. These concerns are exacerbated when sick populations do not have access to clean drinking water. It’s a dangerous combination of circumstances.”

When things like this happen, it is more important than ever that we think about our most vulnerable neighbors and how we can continue to serve them.

Stay updated on the water outage by visiting the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s website and Facebook page.

For more information about Food & Friends’ efforts during the water outage, please contact Chris Copley, Communications Manager, at (706) 614-6383, (202) 269-6875 or by email at

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