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December 31, 2016

Food & Friends' Favorite Moments of 2016!

Thanks to you, our amazing and supportive community, 2016 was another tremendous year here at Food & Friends. Here are a few favorite memories and milestones from our staff!

Longtime volunteers in the kitchen
… We are so proud that Food & Friends delivered its 20 millionth meal in 2016. If you lined up 20 million of our home-delivered meals, the line would stretch all the way from Washington, DC to Los Angeles!

… Our 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Night was a truly inspiring night. To see and spend time with our volunteers that have dedicated over 10, 15, 20, even 25 years to Food & Friends gave us chills, and reminded our staff why we do what we do. It was a testament to Food & Friends and the outstanding volunteer community we are so lucky to have!
Volunteers recognized for their service

… Food & Friends drivers out-maneuvered 2016’s Snowzilla and made sure every client received their meals and groceries before the storm hit!

… Food & Friends was voted Best Place to Volunteer 2016 by the readers of Washington City Paper. Thank you volunteers and everyone who voted!

Voted Best Place to Volunteer
… We were proud to honor Board Member and former Board President Chris Wolf with the first ever “Compassion in Action” award at this year’s Chef’s Best. Congratulations Chris!

… Food & Friends was also pleased to honor U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) with the Public Servant “Spirit of Caring” Award for his profound commitment to his district, including numerous Food & Friends clients.
Chris Wolf accepts his award

… 250 pie sellers rallied across the DC area for our most successful Slice of Life campaign to date. Together, we raised more than $360,000 and served up over 9,100 pies!

… Our staff was excited to welcome members of the media for Thanksgiving, several of whom joined volunteers for special Thanksgiving meal deliveries to gracious and welcoming clients. ABC7, NBC4, FOX5, CBS9, CBS National, and WTOP all joined us to cover the big day!

NBC4 interviews a volunteer
… It was such an honor to be selected as the charity beneficiary of Ford’s Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, which raised over $88,000 for Food & Friends! Seeing the talented cast raise money and promote our mission from the stage was a highlight of the year!

Thank you to the volunteers and donors who have carried us through the year, dedicating their resources, time and effort to our community and delivering health and hope, one meal at a time!


1 comment:

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