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    Posted November 21, 2012 by
    Washington, District of Columbia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Who’s at your Thanksgiving table?

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    Food & Friends Finishing Up Final Preparations for Thanksgiving Meal Deliveries


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter foodnfriends submitted photos and videos as volunteers packaged Thanksgiving meals to hand out Thursday. Food and Friends is a Washington DC-based nonprofit that delivers nutritious meals to people in the community who are fighting illnesses. Communications director Chris Copley tells CNN iReport that nutrition is a key component in meal preparation.
    - Echerneff, CNN iReport producer

    Food & Friends is finishing up final preparations to prepare 3,500 Thanksgiving meals that will be delivered to children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. On November 21, 2012, Food & Friends was joined by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Councilmember Mary Lehman, DC Councilmember Michael Brown and Maryland State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Angela Alsobrooks. These special guests volunteered by portioning cornbread and packaging cooked turkeys.

    This Thanksgiving, Food & Friends’ staff and hundreds of volunteers will prepare and deliver 3,500 complete holiday dinners to sick adults and children in the DC region. Each Thanksgiving delivery is designed to feed at least four people, giving clients a chance to host their loved ones. As part of the 3,500 meals, Food & Friends will also deliver turkeys and sides to 60 children and their families served by Health Services for Children with Special Needs Inc. (HSCSN). HSCSN provides innovative care to the pediatric Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSI-eligible populations of Washington, DC through a management network that coordinates health, social and education services for children and young adults living with disabilities and chronic illness.

    “Our clients, as well as the children and young adults served by HSCSN, 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 depends on the support of the entire community to make Thanksgiving a reality for its clients and this year, Food & Friends is proud to recognize Walmart as the Presenting Sponsor of Thanksgiving festivities. Additional support is provided by Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, Macy’s Foundation, General Motors, Honest Tea and Zipcar.
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