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A Letter from Our Director

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In Washington, DC, the terms “food insecurity”, “food hardship” and “food accessibility” provide hunger definitions for over 641,000 of our residents.  Second only to Mississippi, DC has the highest rate of food hardship in the country.  What does this mean?  It means that on a monthly basis, families are unable to provide sufficient food for their household because of a lack of funds.  According to surveys performed by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, over 30% of households with children are forced to skip meals because they cannot afford to buy food.  

While it is our mission at Family Life Community Center and Susie E. Crowder Owens Empowerment Center to enhance the overall health and wellness of our community, I realize that to simply provide programs is not enough.  Our goals and our aspirations to be relevant cannot succeed if we are not passionately committed to ensuring that our families, first of all, are well-fed.  This Thanksgiving, PROJECT FEED 5000 represents our heart and mission year round- to provide food that will not only be sufficient but will BLESS every guest that we are honored to serve.  It is our goal to create an environment that provides hope, encouragement, dignity and tangible support for families who are experiencing financial hardship.  

Will you serve with us this year as we give from our hearts to those in need?  There is no area too small or donation   

insignificant- if you are able to give, we are able and ready to receive and pass it on!

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

I look forward to being a part of absolute greatness WITH YOU this Thanksgiving!  


Honored to serve, 

Carrie Clark

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” – Mother Teresa

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