More than 400 volunteers packed nearly 164,000 meals for the Capital Area Food Bank in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s Hall C.
The Convention Center was one of 11 locations nationwide packing healthy, shelf-stable meals for families in need as part of 9/11 Day, the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement. New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix and St. Louis are among the other participating cities.
AmeriCorps, U.S. Hunger and Serve DC were among the many partners that led the day-long packing and organization of the many volunteers from area corporations, who arrived in shifts, to pack individual bags full of spice, rice and other dried goods for red lentil jambalaya meals.
Entertainment from a DJ, D.C. United’s Talon the Eagle mascot and local dignitaries pitched in to keep the crowd energized throughout Monday, September 12’s event.
According to 9/11Day.org, each September 11 nearly 30 million Americans volunteer, donate to charities and perform other good deeds to promote national unity and empathy in honor of the victims of September 11 and those who serviced in response to the attacks.