Turkeys Needed for Struggling Families

Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers

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

Turkeys Needed for Struggling Families


Washington, DC—November 16, 2020—Central Union Mission usually distributes 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to hungry families every November, but with the additional emergency food recipients resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re running 550 turkeys short. Joe Mettimano, Central Union Mission’s president & CEO, explained, “Because of the coronavirus, we have 50 percent more needy families coming to our Family Ministry Center than ever before.”

photo from 2019

It’s a heavy responsibility because many parents and grandparents rely on Central Union Mission for enough food to feed their families. Great-grandmother Renee said, “We can count on the Mission. Getting food from the Mission was a sure thing, and my children really looked forward to it.”

Mettimano responds, “These turkeys are not only to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but they also feed children later in the week. You can help a hungry family by donating a frozen turkey or by making a financial contribution to Central Union Mission.”

Please inform our community that people can safely contribute frozen turkeys to Central Union Mission by Tuesday, November 24, at its homeless shelter at 65 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001, or at the Family Ministry Center at 3194-B Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington, DC 20018.

Family Ministry Center participants are available for interview and photographs by appointment. Families receiving turkeys are available for interviews and photos during the turkey distributions on November 17 -18 at 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Family Ministry Center while our supplies last. Media is invited to attend. RSVP requested. Please contact Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org.

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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