Thanksgiving is a time of year to give thanks for everything we have and to think about those who don’t have their every day needs met. There are many ways you can give back, from a monetary donation to food donations, prepared or canned, to volunteering your time.
DC Central Kitchen is accepting monetary donations which help purchase more produce ahead of the holidays and Central Union Mission provides Thanksgiving meals where $2 can provide an entire meal for someone. The Capital Area Food Bank is accepting unopened, non-perishable goods that are high fiber and low sodium and sugar.
Pillar Church is asking for stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes and Safeway gift cards for their meal drive and the Community Outreach Ministry’s annual food drive is asking for turkeys, grocery store gift cards, and fresh produce. The African Community Center of the DC Metro is hosting a traditional American Thanksgiving for refugees and asking for volunteers to bring a covered dish of their choosing. Martha’s Table has dinner shifts you can volunteer for but are also asking for food and winter clothing donations.
Have time to give? Holiday Helping with Bread for the City is looking for volunteers to help pack Holiday Helpings bags and the Salvation Army’s Feast of Sharing are looking for ones to prepare food and sort clothing donations on November 22, 25 and 26.