Inflation hits struggling families hard at thanksgiving

Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers
VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965

Inflation hits struggling families hard at thanksgiving

Washington, DC—November 1, 2022—On Nov. 5, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Union Mission will host a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help feed people in need this Thanksgiving.

Due to the economic downturn and rising price of food, there’s a special need for traditional Thanksgiving foods, especially turkeys, whole chickens and hams. The holiday season can be especially difficult for people living at or below the poverty line, but the Central Union Mission is working ensure that no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving.

Every week, the Mission provides bags of groceries to some of the District’s poorest and most destitute families. Ever since the pandemic, the Mission has seen a dramatic and continued increase in families seeking food, household goods and other support and services. The Mission’s newly enhanced Comprehensive Family Resource Center not only meets immediate needs like providing food, clothing and household goods, but now offers job training and placement, housing counseling, digital literacy training, social service support and other supportive services.

According to Mission President & CEO Joe Mettimano, “Without the amazing support of our donors and the community, there are so many who would not otherwise be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year. When there’s a need to be met, I’m grateful that we can reach out to our community and get their unwavering support to ensure that the less fortunate are able to have an enjoyable and fulfilling Thanksgiving.” Safeway, a longstanding partner of Central Union Mission, donated 1,000 cans of green beans to the food drive.

The whole-person transformations that take place at the Mission often begin with a meal or a bag of groceries. The Mission hopes that the food they are able to gather and distribute will encourage those who have been marginalized and discouraged during the last three years of the COVID-19 crisis.

Needed non-perishable food items include:

  • Corn Bread Mix
  • Packaged Rolls/Breads
  • Boxed Dressing/Stuffing Mix
  • Canned Vegetables:
    • Sweet potatoes or yams
    • Collard greens
    • String beans
    • Cranberry sauce
    • Fruit
    • Corn
    • Potatoes
    • Carrots
  • Bagged/Canned Beans
  • Packaged/Bottled Gravy/Sauces
  • Pasta Mixes
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Spices
  • Sugar
  • Boxed Cake Mixes
  • Canned Cake Frosting
  • Dessert/Pudding Mixes
  • Cooking Oil

The Thanksgiving Drive will be held at Central Union Mission’s shelter facility, 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Media is invited to attend. RSVP requested. Please contact Rev. Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or for information.

Photo and Interview opportunities will be available at this event:

  • Mission resident interviews
  • Joseph J. Mettimano, President & CEO, Central Union Mission
  • Please see this dropbox link for b-roll footage, prior Thanksgiving photos and guest quotes

About Central Union Mission:
Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the oldest private social service agency in Washington, DC. In addition to its emergency shelter, which provides more than 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development programs for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4,000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizens. Charity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission a three-star charity, Candid awarded Central Union Mission a Gold Seal for our financial transparency and GreatNonProfits has given Central Union Mission a Top-Rated award.

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