The Washington Capitals, Tires Plus, Bridgestone Tires, Comcast SportsNet, Mix 107.3, the Edge 105.9 and the Capital Area Food Bank are teaming up to help in the struggle to end hunger in the Washington area.
On Monday, November 2, Washington Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom, Mix 107.3's Chilli Amar and Comcast SportsNet reporter Lisa Hillary were part of the DC Grate Patrol volunteers. The Grate Patrol van made eight stops throughout DC to offer chicken soup, bread and hot chocolate to DC homeless and also offered hooded sweatshirts due to the cooler weather.
The Salvation Army's GRATE Patrol Program has been operating on the streets of Washington, D.C. since 1985. The program provides individuals with an evening meal, fellowship, and the opportunity for professional help.
The program operates 365 nights a year and serves more than 3,000 individuals each month. Originally, the program offered meals alone. Today, an outreach coordinator attempts to engage homeless individuals in a professional helping relationship and connect them with appropriate social services.
For more information about volunteering or about the program, check out their website or become a fan on Facebook. If you'd like to make a donation, click here.
NOVEMBER 20TH (Habs v. Caps)
Please Bring Canned Food to Help Support Capital Area Food Bank on Friday, November 20.
The Washington Capitals, Tires Plus, Bridgestone Tires, Comcast SportsNet, Mix 107.3, the Edge 105.9 and the Capital Area Food Bank are teaming up to host a canned food drive at the Caps game Friday, Nov. 20, against the Montreal Canadiens. The Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends will be accepting donations at the F Street Entrance to Verizon Center starting at 6 p.m. when doors open. The first 2,000 fans to donate will receive a Nicklas Backstrom poster. All Caps fans are urged to donate at least one can of food to help in the struggle to end hunger in the Washington area.
All donations benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest public nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 23 million pounds of food, including 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce, to more than 700 partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank has served the National Capital region for 29 years.