Thousands fed at annual city’s Thanksgiving meal

WASHINGTON – It’s a warm meal shared among thousands — the city’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center played host to 5,000 guests, volunteers and local leaders taking part in the 14th annual Feast of Sharing.

“The food is deep. It’s good, it’s good,” says a guest who wants to go by the name Peaches. She comes every year to enjoy what is her thanksgiving meal and meet people.

“I like the way they treat us, the food, the atmosphere, everything is perfect,” she says.

At the size of the event, Mayor Vincent Gray says while he’s happy to see so many provided for, he’s also concerned to see so many struggling with hunger.

“What is not so uplifting is to see how many people have needs, especially around hunger. You know, we just saw the cuts in the food stamp program at the federal level. That’s going to create more hardship for people,” Gray says.

Safeway and the city sponsor the event which also provides health screenings, clothing donations and a job fair for visitors.