Welcome to Miracles, the Loaves and Fishes newsletter! This is the program’s way of keeping our friends and supporters up to date on happenings at the program. It’s also a periodic reminder that we need your continuing support of our work serving those of our neighbors who need a free hot meal on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.
APRIL 2018 UPDATE:
Many thanks to the MPD Latino Liaison Unit and the Oasis Foundation for volunteering at Loaves and Fishes on April 15! We love working with other community-oriented groups who strive to strengthen the community and provide for those in need.
"What is Food Justice?
Food Justice is exercising the right to have access to clean, sustainable and healthy food."
This spring, a group of students from Capital City Public Charter High School interviewed guests at Loaves and Fishes to learn more about where members of the D.C. homeless population get their meals. The students presented their findings at the UDC Food Justice Youth Summit on March 22. We appreciate the interest and effort of these students, and thank them for raising awareness about the Loaves and Fishes Program!
Portions of interviews with Bill Bravman, Hazel Cummings, Harold Johnson, Denize Stanton-Williams, Earle Foote, and Ed Grandi about what their involvement with Loaves and Fishes means to them.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!
As many of you know, the Loaves and Fishes program was founded in 1968, which means this year is our 50th ANNIVERSARY! To celebrate 50 years of service in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, we have several projects and events planned. We are excited to celebrate the history of the program, our guests, and the volunteers who have helped develop and influence the program throughout the years.
The above video is the second in a series of videos we are calling the Loaves and Fishes Oral History Project. The goal of this project is to collect and preserve stories and insights from people who have seen the program grow and change during different times since its founding. In the second video, we asked a few past and present staff and volunteers what the program meant to them.
The first video in the series was portions of an interview with Bill MacKaye and Ellen Baynard about what the program means to them. Check it out here if you missed it last month!
Be on the lookout for more information about our celebratory events throughout the year! We will send details through this newsletter, as well as from our facebook page and website.
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