Loaves and Fishes recently gave a donation of $6,500 to Sanctuary DMV’s Food Justice Initiative for the purchase of food cards to give to families that are hungry. Loaves and Fishes received a thank you by email that reads, in part:

Thank you for your incredibly generous donation of $6,500 in grocery gift cards to Sanctuary DMV’s Food Justice. We are so grateful for Loaves and Fishes’ willingness to share its own resources to stand in solidarity with Black and Brown immigrant families during this time. 

The impact of your gift goes far beyond just the gift cards. Because of the size of your donation, two grocery stores, Megamart and HMart, agreed to collectively donate an extra $700 in gift cards. Both of these stores are immigrant-owned, which means your gift supports the community twice: once through the gift cards, and again by investing in a company whose owners come from the community they serve. 

In total, your gift resulted in $7,200 in groceries for 71 families with 385 adults and children. Last Saturday, families from Falls Church to Herndon to Hyattsville received a delivery of gift cards, a bag of produce from DC Central Kitchen, and a box of dairy products donated by partners at the ADAMS Center Mosque – enough to last over two weeks. 

Here are some of the messages we received from families that day:

Si tenga por seguro que nos ayuda muchísimo gracias muchas gracias y adiós y ustedes de buen corazón dios les bendiga
Rest assured that this helps us so much, thank you, thank you very much, goodbye and God bless you all of good hearts.

Muchísimas gracias dios les bendiga y proteja en todo momento
Thank you so much, may God bless you and protect you in every moment.

As you may know, Sanctuary DMV Food Justice works out of St. Stephen’s on Saturdays, so we often connect with Loaves and Fishes staff and volunteers and share extra food back and forth. In a difficult time, it gives us hope to be working with you and other organizations that have such a generous spirit and deep commitment to ensuring that all of our neighbors have access to food. Thank you for your continued partnership. 

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