With Projections of the Most Expensive Thanksgiving in History, Central Union Mission Will Serve a Community in Need

Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers

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

With Projections of the Most Expensive Thanksgiving in History, Central Union Mission Will Serve a Community in Need


Central Union Mission will serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday November 25, to homeless neighbors in need and the working poor in the community. This year’s holiday is projected to be the most expensive in history, with a 14 percent price increase since last year. Many Americans are still feeling the impact of the pandemic and as recent as October 2021, nine percent of all adults in the United States reported that their household didn’t have enough food to eat for the entire month. The average working family can barely afford food on a day-to-day basis, so consider the additional burden this holiday places on them.


According to Mission President & CEO Joe Mettimano, “I’m grateful that Central Union Mission continues to show up for the community when they need us the most. There are so many who would not be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, which the most vulnerable still feel, and the substantial rise in cost for this holiday. I’m honored to feed the hungry souls who had nowhere else to turn today.”


The Mission will open its doors to the community and serve a full meal to those who otherwise could not afford to eat on Thanksgiving. Lunch will be served at noon, and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. In addition to the donors and sponsors who contributed to the day’s event, over 40 volunteers will be on-site to decorate the facility, and to also host and serve shelter residents and guests from the community.


“This is really the most important holiday of the year for Central Union Mission. Hospitality is what we do best,” said Mission President & CEO Joe Mettimano, “and there’s a reason for that: We believe ‘hope begins with a meal.’ A piece of pumpkin pie might be all it takes to encourage a person into a place where he can decide to renovate his life.”



  • Mission resident interviews, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Joseph J. Mettimano, President & CEO, Central Union Mission
  • Please see this dropbox link for b-roll footage, prior Thanksgiving photos and guest quotes

Media is invited to attend. RSVP requested. Please contact Rev. Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org 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 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, 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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