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Matching Donations for Miriam's Kitchen

Miriam's Kitchen is fighting to eradicate homelessness in Washington D.C. and they need your help. Make a generous donation between now and New Years Day and The Food Safety News newsletter will match it.

Here in Colorado Springs the homeless have the Marian House where they can go to get a sumptuous lunch six days a week and a healthy brunch on Sundays. On most days we serve over 600 nourishing meals. Today, Christmas Day and on Thanksgiving, we served closer to 800 to 900 hungry souls.

In Washington, D.C., the homeless have Miriam's Kitchen. Miriam's Kitchen serves an average of 250 to 350 homeless people every day. Miriam's Kitchen does not serve as many people at one meal as the Marian House does but they make up for that by serving two meals—breakfast and dinner—every weekday. Every day they serve a nourishing breakfast from 6:30 to 8:00 AM and a generous dinner from 4:45 to 6:00 PM. On Wednesday they serve a light lunch in Miriam's Kitchen's Cafe between 12 noon and 2 PM.

In 2010 Miriam's Kitchen served 75,868 healthy meals to over 4,000 homeless people. Most of the food prepared and served at Miriam's Kitchen is donated by local farmers, so they have been able to keep the cost of each meal served to under one dollar, but to continue their good works they need your help.

The Miriam's Kitchen Vision

Miriam's Kitchen opened its doors in 1983, a joint momprofit venture between The George Washington University Hillel Student Association, the Western Presbyterian Church and the United Church in response to an urgent need for services for the homeless in Washington, DC. There are, on any one given night, over 6,500 men and women living on the streets in Washington, D.C. Their vision was to end the chronic homelessness in our nation's capitol.

Their Mission

Their mission was to do more than feed the homeless. Theirmission was to provide other services like the following:

  • Miriam's Studio: Miriam's Studio offers Art Therapy, creative writing workshops, yoga sessions, mental health support groups, and resume assistance classes. Miriam's Studio offer classes in other areas as well. The Studio is open Monday through Friday from 8:15-9:45 am and 2:30-4 pm. The Studio is operated by an Art Therapist, the case managers, and by volunteers.
  • Advocacy: The advocacy program model is made up of three parts 1.Public Policy 2. Guest Involvement, and 3. Mobilizing Supporters.
  • Miriam's Cafe: Besides providing a healthy lunch on Wednesdays between 12 and 2 pm for nearly 100 homeless men and women, those same men and women have access to the case management services, and the chance to participate in our life skills classes.

Miriam's Kitchen needs your help to carry on their good works.

Between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, The Food Safety News newsletter will match all donations made to Washington, D.C.'s, Mariam's Kitchen for up to $5,000. You can go to Miriam's Kitchen's pledge page and pledge your support. You can make a one-time donate or make a monthly pledge in any amount. Make your pledge this week and The Food Safety News newsletter will match it.

Once you have made your donation email or send a tweet @Olivia_Marler with the amount of your gift; Food Safety News will then match it.

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Comments (8)

thumbs up to Mirriam's kitchen

Good job on promoting this cause. I think it is interesting that they offer other things such as art therapy. I hope this generates a lot of donations for you. I prefer to donate to the charities in my own area, but certain donating to charity is something we all need to consider.

Nice of you to highlight such a worthy cause.

inspirational..more institution like this should be put up..there are millions of hungry people all over the world

Good to know about this non profit organization with the vocation to feed the needy, Jerry. The estimated number of people living on the streets at DC almost shocked me my friend. Well at least we are not alone.

Excellent way to spread the word! It always makes me sad to step out of Union Station and see the homeless. Each person is someone's son or daughter. Society tends to forget that. I'm glad to learn about Miriam's Kitchen and will pass the info on to people that I know in D.C.

Miriam's Kitchen

Thank you so much for writing about us! We're honored! We're really grateful to you for promoting giving, especially at this critical time of year. --Jenn at Miriam's Kitchen

It was my pleasure, Jenn. Too many people have forgotten what Christmas is all about. Too many people fail to understand that the homeless are not society's rejects but human beings that have fallen on hard times with no one to turn to for help except agencies such as your. If you have some specific issues that you would like me to write about, please feel free to email at or Skype me at jerry.walch1 I am honored that you read what I wrote. Have a safe and happy New Year, Jenn.