At least 3,500 Washington area seniors will be treated to Thanksgiving dinner this year courtesy of Feed the Fridge, with major assists from The Washington Home, Medium Rare, DoorDash and the PM Hotel Group’s BWI Hilton. Again this year, Feed the Fridge – which has delivered more than 700,000 free, nutritious meals to DC metro area residents who need them since the beginning of the COVID pandemic – will be delivering traditional holiday meals to seniors during the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
Until now, those home deliveries were made entirely by volunteers. Now DoorDash drivers will be joining them – thanks to a $100,000 in-kind donation from DoorDash’s Philanthropy Division. Feed the Fridge founder Mark Bucher says the donation will not only help with holiday meals, but will allow him to expand his organization’s network of fridges at schools and community centers in the region’s “food deserts.” Those fridges are each stocked with up to 100 free, nutritious meals every day, year round, to be taken by those who need them – no questions asked.
The Washington Home is helping make the seniors’ Thanksgiving dinners possible with a $12,500 donation. And the kitchens at the PM Hotel Group’s BWI Hilton will be preparing and providing 500 of the meals. “Thanksgiving dinner is the hardest meal of all to prepare for just one person,” Bucher says, “and many seniors who are living alone or unable to prepare a meal won’t tell their families for fear of becoming a burden. Our mission is to make sure they enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.” Metropolitan area seniors who will be receiving meals have been referred to Feed the Fridge by Social Services and other government agencies.