Washington, DC’s Fight Against Hunger


In this March 29, 2020, photo, Regina Summers hands out hot meals donated by Clydes Restaurant Group and distributed by volunteers coordinating with Martha's Table in southeast Washington. Neighborhood deliveries are part of a new Martha's Table initiative, along with community partners, to get needed food directly to the neighborhoods they serve. These volunteers are the tip of the spear for a grassroots community effort to keep Washington's most vulnerable neighborhoods fed during the unprecedented coronavirus crisis which has nearly shut down the American economy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Washington’s long-standing battle with food insecurity was only exacerbated by the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City’s plan of attack has included SNAP benefits, funding for Black and Latinx-owned food businesses, and partnerships between the DC Food Policy Council local non-profits. Mayor Muriel Bowser pledged $5 million to improve food access.

Two years after the pandemic began, their efforts have only scratched the surface as food-based non-profit organizations like Dreaming Out Loud and Martha’s Table have continued to see demand grow.

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