Volunteers with Children of Mine Youth Center, Inc., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and Martha's Table partner on Nov. 18 to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Panorama Room in southeast D.C. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Volunteers with Children of Mine Youth Center, Inc., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and Martha's Table partner on Nov. 18, 2017, to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Panorama Room in southeast D.C. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

For the first time ever, DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) will open its doors on Thanksgiving Day to distribute 200 dinners to at-risk, homeless families and individuals in need of a meal.

From noon to 4 p.m., dinner will be served by DCHFA staff members and their families to ensure that others in the community are fed for the holiday.

“As a Washingtonian, I felt an obligation to share my time and the agency’s services with the people in the community around us beyond DCHFA’s role in housing,” said Todd A. Lee, DCHFA executive director and CEO. “The celebration of Thanksgiving is centered on the Thanksgiving Day meal. For the first time the Agency will be open on Thanksgiving Day for members of our community to receive Thanksgiving dinner.”

The agency will provide 200 meals on a first-come, first-served basis where residents can choose to eat there or take their meal home.

“We have conducted outreach to local organizations that serve at-risk and homeless residents to inform their constituents that DCHFA is a place where they can come for dinner on Thanksgiving Day,” Lee said.

The agency insists that all are welcome to sliced roasted turkey, honey baked ham, Southern-style herb stuffing, whipped garlic potatoes, green beans almondine and steamed mixed vegetables, cornbread, buttered rolls and baked pies.

“We want the community to know that meals will be available and to spread the word to anyone that they know is in need of a meal on Thanksgiving,” Lee said. “All are welcome.”

Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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