- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 26, 2009

People in 4.8 million households used food pantries last year, compared with 3.9 million in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2009 report on hunger in America. At the same time, people in 625,000 households resorted to soup kitchens, which was 90,000 more than the year before, the report says.

Students from the Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications, including Briana Mosley, Lawrence Banks and Milan Kunin, volunteered at Martha’s Table’s free Thanksgiving dinner for 1,500 poor and homeless local residents on Saturday. According to Martha’s Table staff, 10,000 local people volunteer at the nonprofit each year, with more than half of that number representing churches and schools.

Volunteers prepared the Thanksgiving dinner at Martha’s Table, which consisted of 110 turkeys, 600 pounds of potatoes and 180 pounds of string beans. Much of the food was donated by Safeway, Whole Foods and Costco.

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