Media Advisory – Mission Hosts Thanksgiving for Neighbors

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Contact: Deborah Chambers

VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965

Mission Hosts Thanksgiving for Neighbors

Chef Monique Woodland Cooks 30 Turkeys, but more are needed by Nov. 27

WHAT: Chef Monique Woodland, Mission executive chef and her staff
will be preparing Thanksgiving meals for our hungry neighbors this year–cooking
at least 30 turkeys in preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Central Union Mission
expects to provide Thanksgiving groceries or meals to more than 4,000 hungry people
and families in Washington, DC, this Thanksgiving.

Turkeys Needed

However, we are still in need of about 200 thawed uncooked turkeys to distribute to families. Turkeys can be dropped off by November 27 at the Mission’s shelter at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, or the Family Ministry Center at 3194 Bladensburg Rd, NE. As well, your financial contributions will allow us to purchase turkeys at wholesale.

For our two Thanksgiving seatings at the shelter at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm, more than 100 volunteers will be helping cook, setting tables, hosting and waiting tables, as well as making sandwiches for those on the street and preparing the Mission for Christmas.

In addition to turkey with all the traditional trimmings, Overnight Guests will be served and entertained by community volunteers. Thanksgiving food is purchased or donated by private supporters, churches, offices and other groups. Although the meal takes place in our men’s shelter, all men, women and children are welcome to join us.

WHEN: November 28, 2018, seatings at 12:00 noon and 5:00pm

WHERE: Central Union Mission men’s shelter, 65 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001

WHO: Chef Monique Woodland will be in the kitchen, cooking 30 turkeys for our guests. She is also available for interviews to demonstrate her Thanksgiving cooking techniques and tips—before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving Day at the Mission.

WHY: According to Mission President & CEO Joe Mettimano, “Thanksgiving is really the most important holiday of the year for Central Union Mission. Hospitality is what we do best, and there’s a reason for that: We believe ‘hope begins with a meal.’ Some pumpkin pie might be all it takes to encourage people experiencing homelessness to decide to renovate their lives.” We are grateful for all the generous gifts and help that make this event possible.


  • Chef Monique Woodland, executive chef, Central Union Mission
  • Joseph J. Mettimano, president & CEO, Central Union Mission
  • Mission volunteers serving meals and helping Mission guests
  • Central Union Mission program participants and overnight guests

Media are invited. Please contact Rev. Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or for information.

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 almost 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates a holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development program for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4000 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, GuideStar 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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