Food2Feed 2019 Raises Thousands For Needy Families

Washington, D.C. – (Wednesday, November 20, 2019) – They phoned in, met us at designated stops across the Washington region, and went on line to make donations.  The end result was thousands of dollars raised this year for the “96.3 WHUR Food2Feed Rolling Food Drive.”  The flagship radio station of the Howard University radio network hosted its annual Thanksgiving food drive Tuesday, November 19th from 6am to 6pm from the studios of WHUR at 529 Bryant Street, NW.  But the station also hit the streets of the DMV making stops at the Wilson building in NW, DC, Alexandria City Hall in Virginia, and the Wayne Curry Administration Building in Maryland.

This year’s “Food2Feed” collected enough money and non-perishable food to be able to provide meals to over 66-thousand persons in the Washington area. The Capital Area Food Bank, Shabach Ministries and Alive Food Center are the organizations who are the benefactors of the 12-hour Food2Feed radiothon. The non-profit agencies work daily to fight under in the region by identifying those persons who are food insecure.

“We are grateful to our listeners and sponsors and humbled by their generosity,” said WHUR General Manager Sean Plater. We collected tons of non-perishable food items and monetary donations that will make a difference for thousands of families across the DMV.

“I came to give because I see everyday people living on the streets and it just breaks my heart.  I can’t imagine their stories, but I can make sure I help them in this small way.  That’s why I give every year to Food2Feed,” said WHUR Listener Michelle Thomas.

The reasons for giving varied from person to person.  But most agreed that hearing statistics like hunger impacts 1 in 10 persons in the DMV are alarming.  WHUR has been hosting its holiday food drive for 42 years.  It truly is a labor of love.

Food2Feed is part of WHUR’s overall “Season of Giving Campaign” in which the station provides new winter gear for youth in October and toys and gifts for youngsters in December. Additionally, the radio station will partner with Steve Harvey and Shabach Ministries to disseminate 100 turkeys and bags of food to needy families Monday, November 25th. “Serving our local community is what radio is all about,” added Plater.