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Cooking for Those in Need

THANK YOU for cooking with heart and helping feed those in need in our DC shelters.  

  • House of Ruth’s Madison Emergency Shelter (housing and comprehensive support for women to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse and homelessness),
  • Friendship Place's La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing Program (long term housing and supportive services to chronically homeless men as they strive towards stability), and
  • Joseph’s House (residential community and comprehensive nursing and support services to homeless men and women with advanced HIV disease and terminal cancer).

Please note that information varies for each shelter so make sure you follow the specific instructions and drop off details of any slot you sign up for.

INFORMATION TO KNOW: 

Suggested meals options are listed below- but feel free to get creative!  PLEASE ENTER THE MEAL YOU PLAN TO MAKE IN THE "COMMENTS" SECTION.

For House of Ruth slots: 

Meals should be easy-to-serve, and include an entree, vegetable and sweet. Food should be placed in large aluminum pans, covered by tin foil, with any directions written on top and should be cooked and room temp/cold. Please make sure to cook meat thoroughly. The shelters can re-heat the food. Please prepare generously for 15+ people (and it is very appreciated if you can make 3 meals vegetarian for those with that diet).

Food should be dropped off at House of Ruth by 3:30 pm on your slotted day at 651 10th Street NE. Upon arrival, call 202-667-7001 x240 and explain you would like curbside help for the food.

For Joseph’s House slots: 

Meals should be easy-to-serve, and include an entree, vegetable and sweet. Food should be placed in aluminum pans, covered by tin foil, with any directions written on top and should be cooked and room temp/cold. Please make sure to cook meat thoroughly. The shelters can re-heat the food. Please prepare generously for 8 people. Please do not cook pasta as a main course dish or make any pork dishes.

Food should be dropped off at Joseph’s House by 5:30 pm on your slotted day at 1730 Lanier Place, NW (if there is no street parking, pull into the alley behind Joseph’s House). Place meal on porch and knock or call 202-265-7174 for staff to retrieve the food.

For Friendship Place's LaCasa slots:

Meals need to be individually packaged for distribution---brown bags or individual containers. Please prepare generously for 40+ people.

Food should be dropped off at La Casa by 12 pm on your slotted day, at 1444 Irving St NW. Upon arrival, call 202-986-0237 and explain you would like curbside help for the food.

IF YOU WANT TO COOK BUT CAN NOT DELIVER TO THE SHELTER, CONTACT [email protected] FOR POSSIBLE DELIVERY SUPPORT.

Suggested House of Ruth and Joseph’s House (do not cook pasta as a main course dish or make any pork dishes for Joseph’s House) DINNERS: 

  • Entrees: spaghetti and meat sauce/meatballs, shepherd’s pie, veggie lasagna, chili, roasted chicken and rice, stews, soft taco wraps, pot pie, meat enchiladas, casseroles of any kind (vegetarian dishes are fine!)

  • Sides: salads of any kind, broccoli, coleslaw, string beans, corn and peas, roasted squash…any veggie!

  • Sweets: brownies, cookies, bars, cut fruit

Suggested La Casa individual BAGGED (or container) LUNCHES:

  • Turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato sandwiches; hard-boiled egg; pretzels; fruit

  • Italian sub (salamis/meats), cheese, lettuce, tomato sandwiches; healthful chips; granola bar; fruit

  • PB&J sandwiches (3rd piece of bread for a double decker ideal!); cut veggies; cheese stick; healthful chips; fruit

  • Chicken nuggets (in Ziplocs); yogurt; healthful chips; fruit

  • If you have individual plastic containers or can get donated from a local supermarket/store- lunch ideas can expand to anything (like fried chicken, chili, pasta, etc.)

**Please use whole wheat/healthful breads. Please also do NOT put condiments on sandwiches- it spoils faster and makes the bread soggy (but individual packets of mayo and mustard are great —ask your local take-out place!)

 

Created by:  elizabeth workman
 
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