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    DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Other Special Guests Volunteer at Food & Friends during Thanksgiving Week


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     foodnfriends says its annual Thanksgiving event draws more than 1,000 volunteers across the Washington D.C. area who help prepare and deliver meals to people with debilitating diseases like HIV/AIDS and cancer. "We'll be delivering about 9,800 pounds of turkey,"foodnfriends says. "And most of that will be done on Thanksgiving Day."
    - ericfrazier, HLN Associate Producer

    Food & Friends will prepare and deliver 3,500 complete holiday dinners to children and adults in the DC region facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Staff and volunteers are preparing 9,800 pounds of turkey, 975 pounds of cornbread stuffing, 1,050 pounds of roasted potatoes and 4,560 dinner rolls to be delivered the week of Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving morning. Each Thanksgiving delivery will feed four people, giving clients the opportunity to host dinner for friends and family.

    “Our clients have chronic and complex medical issues which make it very difficult for them and their caretakers to cook regular meals, never mind a full Thanksgiving dinner,” says Craig Shniderman, Executive Director of Food & Friends. “These children and families must deal with serious issues every day, but we can make Thanksgiving a much better holiday. Setting some extra places at the table is our Thanksgiving tradition.”

    Food & Friends welcomed many special guests into the kitchen during Thanksgiving week:

    On Monday, November 19, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards volunteered by portioning cranberry sauce that will be delivered on Thursday.

    DC United President and CEO Kevin Payne, player Lance Rozeboom and staff spent the afternoon prepping and cooking dozens of turkeys.

    Tuesday, November 20-DC Councilmember David Catania and Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice spent the early afternoon portioning meals for Food & Friends clients.

    The Washington Nationals staff brought their mascot Screech to help prepare and package Thanksgiving meals as well.
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