Food & Friends volunteers still out delivering despite frigid temperatures
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
“I think I’ll just go to the top of the list and work down,” said Jerry Blasenstein, a volunteer with Food and Friends, as he held a list of addresses in his hand.
He’s delivering meals to those in need despite the frigid temperatures taking a hold of the D.C. area.
“It’s definitely the coldest!” he said of the temperatures on Tuesday in comparison to other days he’s volunteered.
“People need the service,” he said. “And as much as we can get out, you know, it’s just a given that the volunteer force will come out and get the meals out.”
Blasenstein is no stranger to frigid weather.
“I’m a New Yorker, so I’m used to it!” he said with a laugh.
He knows the drill.
“I have fleece upon fleece upon fleece, that’s the secret,” he said, referencing the layers he put on just before heading out.
For volunteers both on site and on the streets, the weather won’t hold them back.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s this bitter cold we are experiencing now or occasionally that extreme heat, never mind some torrential rain, there they are ringing the bell with your bag,” said Lisa Duperier, a Northwest Washington resident who received a bag of food on Tuesday.
“Seeing the client who needs the service, it’s really worth it,” Blasenstein said.