By Anne Steeves – Anne is a second year member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps (2010-2012) and is N Street Village’s Volunteer and In-Kind Coordinator. Anne hails from Minnesota – land of 10,000 lakes – and earned her BA from St. Olaf College where she studied Sociology, Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. In her free time Anne enjoys to cook and one of her favorite dishes is quinoa stuffed acorn squash.
Why is this relevant to N Street Village, you might ask? Last week, we received nearly 4,000 pounds of food from the Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry program. That’s two rhinos’ worth of food!
Around 120 N Street Village residents, N Street Village alumni, individuals and families living in our Eden House affordable housing apartments, and members of the community picked up fresh produce and bread from N Street Village’s courtyard. Since 4,000 pounds is more than we can use, we shared our bounty with Bread for the City, Rachael’s Women’s Center, and the homeless ministry of Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The best part of the day was seeing how excited the women were to receive the produce – especially the watermelon, which was a welcome surprise!
Check out what other area nonprofits are doing to bring fresh produce to the lowest income areas in D.C. – DC Central Kitchen started a new program called Healthy Corners and Bread for the City is investing in a new orchard.