Safeway hosted the 16th annual Feast of Sharing at the Walter Washington Convention Center on Wednesday, November 25. This year’s goal was to not only provide a warm, traditional Thanksgiving meal to 5,000 people in need— including underprivileged District of Columbia residents, senior citizens and veterans—but to serve them with a free job fair, health screenings, and up to three items of winter clothing or shoes.

Many students (ages 7+) prepared for the day to be servants first, proactively seeking an opportunity to get something for an attendee, give it, or go anywhere to get it. Volunteer and community partners included the boy scouts, local church members, ROTC, fraternity and sorority members, Events DC, among other individual contributors.

Several familiar faces also participated in celebrating this day of service and giving. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke of her commitment to reducing and ending homelessness in the Nation’s capital; Safeway’s manager of public affairs and government relations, Craig Muckle, who has been a part of this event from the beginning shared his excitement about continuing this life-changing event; and AWM-NCAC’s vice president of business development and Master of Ceremony at this event, Justine Love. Performances by the Duke Ellington Show Choir, Urban Nation Choir, and Howard University Gospel Choir kept the audience entertained and engaged throughout the event.

A special thanks to Safeway, Events DC, SunTrust, CenterPlate, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Unity Health Care, The Salvation Army, Digital Conventions and the Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network for sponsoring this wonderful event.

As attendees were leaving, bus tokens were given to every person in need. What a great way to end the day.