WASHINGTON (7News) — International Good Deeds Day was officially Sunday, April 11.
On that day, millions of people around the world volunteered to help those in need. Well, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington turned Good Deeds Day into Good Deeds Week.
“How do we make sure we help people in need? How do we educate people about the issue? So that not only do we help this week, but that people continue to be committed to this issue for months and months into the future. because the problem is not going away," says Gil Preuss, CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
The Federation is working with 60 different organizations and 6,000 volunteers on a common theme: food insecurity.
Preuss says, “We’ve seen a 50-percent increase in food insecurity in this region and a 92 percent increase in food insecurity among children.”
From April 11-18 volunteers throughout the DMV are making, packing up and delivering food to those in need. One of the recipient organizations is Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg.
“This is a bad time. In the pandemic we’ve had a 30 percent increase in the number of families that have asked for help," says Mitchell Glassman, with Manna Food Center.
We know hunger will likely never leave us. Hopefully, service to others won’t either.
“There’s a saying among the community – heal the world – and this is one of the steps during good deeds weeks that allows people to heal the world," adds Glassman.
For more information on where and how you can help, click here.