Thanksgiving Distribution For Struggling DC Families

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Central Union Mission


Contact: Deborah Chambers

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

Thanksgiving Distribution
For Struggling DC Families


WHAT:    You are invited to join Central Union Mission food recipient families and staff at the Family Ministry Center as the Mission distributes donated turkeys and other foods for family Thanksgiving meals, as well as PPE kits to help keep vulnerable families safe during their small Thanksgiving gatherings. The distribution is socially distanced and takes place outside.


WHEN:   Tuesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 18, at from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, or while supplies last. Please arrive by 1:00 pm to interview and photograph families in line.

WHERE:  Family Ministry Center, 3194 Bladensburg Rd., NE, Washington, DC 20018. The entrance is at the back of the building; the driveway is next to Popeye’s.

WHO:  Seniors on fixed incomes and families affected by unemployment, housing insecurity and the COID-19 pandemic. The Family Ministry Center has seen a 50 percent increase in the number of recipient families since the pandemic began in March.

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.’ We support these families and seniors throughout the year so that they can use their limited income for rent or other necessities. However, at Thanksgiving it’s our privilege to provide a turkey dinner so families can enjoy a holiday together without the stress of extra expenses.” We are grateful for all the generous gifts and donations of food that make this event possible.


  • Central Union Mission food recipients
  • Mission President & CEO Joe Mettimano and Deborah Chambers, VP, Development and Partnerships

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

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 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 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, 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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