Food and Friends delivers 3,500 Thanksgiving meals

Food and Friends delivered 3,500 meals to those in need on Thanksgiving.

It’s the season of giving and today volunteers for Food and Friends put together thousands of dinners to be delivered to local families.

Lolita Mohamed and her family are savoring a meal brought to them by strangers.

“It’s such a blessing for someone to do this for us,” she says. “It’s just so wonderful. Even the dessert is a blessing.”

The Northeast Washington family is one of thousands who will receive a complete holiday dinner from Food and Friends.

Volunteers gathered early this morning to help prepare the 3,500 meals the non-profit delivered today. Close to 10,000 pounds of turkey and all the trimmings were prepared for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other diseases.

It is the 24th year Food and Friends has prepared the Thanksgiving meals. This year the outreach is slightly different with children now joining the list of recipients.

“These are kids with multiple disabilities, kids with really serious problems getting great help,” says Craig Shniderman of Food and Friends. “We wanted to extend our service beyond the 3,500 people we care for anyway.”
For six years, Tameaka White and Anthony Weaver have spent their holiday serving others.

“I am grateful for my health and I’m fortunate enough to help someone else during this time that can’t get out and prepare their meals,” says White.

In this case, they bring a full Thanksgiving meal to Esau Mohamed, a developmentally disabled six-year-old and his family.

“It’s so rewarding just helping people who you know are genuinely in need,” says Weaver.