Street Sense, 12/04/2013
On a rainy afternoon two days before Thanksgiving, dozens of local homeless individuals lined up outside of the Pepco Edison Place Gallery to be served a traditional Thanksgiving meal, care of local donors and volunteers. Catholic Charities, Pepco, and Ridgewells Catering joined forces to provide a hot meal to those who might otherwise be without one this holiday season.
Complete with white tablecloths, china, and tableware, guests were served a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal – turkey, collard greens, sweet potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, rolls, pumpkin pie, and cookies.
More than 100 volunteers were on-hand at the event, serving food and drinks as well as sitting down and dining with their guests. On their way out, attendees were offered a gift bag filled with warm clothing and other essential items to help them during the winter months.
A guitarist and flutist performed throughout the event.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery is an art gallery which offers its space to local nonprofit artists and organizations. The event was catered by Bethesda-based Ridgewells Catering as part of their 85 Days of Giving program. Catholic Charities plays a vital role in serving the area’s homeless, and each week their Dinner Van serves as many as 200 people near their headquarters on G Street, NW.