PAN Prepares Meals for the Homeless
at DC Central Kitchen
The PAN team spent a meaningful afternoon in mid-October preparing meals for the homeless at DC Central Kitchen. Working together to chop vegetables, slice meats and package meals, we felt fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to our community.
In our daily work, we’re committed to reducing the burden of high out-of-pocket costs because we know financial hardship forces patients to make impossible choices. We hear from countless patients who must decide between staying on medication and covering the costs of basic needs like food and rent. These are choices no one should have to make.
The financial assistance we provide is a vital safety net for patients, but we know this is just one way to help those who are economically vulnerable. DC Central Kitchen is an important safety net for residents of Washington, D.C. facing hunger and poverty—providing over 3 million meals each year to local homeless shelters, schools and nonprofits.
This October, our team spent a day working with DC Central Kitchen staff to prepare healthy meals for the city’s homeless. Some of our team spent hours chopping ham off the bone. Others worked painstakingly to remove the skin from hundreds of cooked butternut and acorn squash. We also helped transport ingredients from the delivery dock into the storage area. At the end of the day, we were all exhausted but felt fulfilled in knowing that we played a part in providing nutritious meals to thousands of people in our community.
Taida Horozovic, our Manager of Digital Media, had this to say about the experience: “It means a great deal to me that we were able to help people who need it the most. Meeting the staff at DC Central Kitchen was heart-warming. The work they do is impactful, and it was humbling to contribute in a small way. I’d love to go back and volunteer again.”
We are grateful to DC Central Kitchen for allowing us to work alongside their incredibly dedicated staff. The day we spent there was deeply rewarding, and we look forward to our next service project.