FOGGY BOTTOM FOOD PANTRY
Celebrating our 37th year of service, the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry provides assistance to Washington, DC, families in need. The Food Pantry provides fresh produce, meats, bread, cereal, and snacks and is staffed entirely by community volunteers.
We are open from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays every month. Please note: this schedule is subject to change around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check our calendar for openings.
Clients should bring a photo ID showing their current Washington, DC address. Please contact us for more information.
Donations can be made by check to "The United Church" with "Food Pantry" in the memo line.
There are a variety of ways for individuals and groups to volunteer, both on Saturdays and mid-week. Please contact the church office for more information.
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HOLLIEDT HOME FUND
The Holliedt Home Fund (HHF) was founded by sisters Mathilde and Dorothea W. Holliedt after their deaths in the 1930s. The Holliedt sisters (long time members of the Concordia Church), stipulated in their wills that their house be used as a home for destitute or needy women aged 55 years or older. The house was used until the 1960’s, when it was sold and the proceeds used to endow a fund with the same purpose to aid older women in need.
The earnings from this fund are used to provide monthly stipends to the HHF clients.
This fund has been administered over the years by volunteer Board members from originally the Concordia Church, and now The United Church.
The HHF is currently accepting applications from women aged 55 years or older needing financial assistance. Applicants don’t need to be members of The United Church. The amount of the monthly stipend depends on the needs of the applicant. Applications are available in The United Church office.
The United Church Trichur project was initiated in 1980 by the late Theresia Verghese, a former member of our congregation and a native of India. Through Theresia, we came to know about the Chaldean Syrian Higher Secondary School (CSHSS) in Trichur,
Kerala, India and especially about the problems confronting poor families who cannot afford to permit their children to attend school.
The Trichur Project provides financial support to selected needy students at the CSHSS and two other schools in Trichur.
The sponsored students come from families who otherwise must send their children off to work or beg so the family can survive.
A sponsorship of $10 each month offsets the income lost to the students’ families when they attend school. This money allows the children to gain an education and help break the cycle of poverty. The students periodically write to their sponsors, sharing their school and family experiences.
We are grateful for United Church members and friends who sponsored 47 students during the past year. Since 1980 approximately 268 students have been able to continue their educations through our help. It is heartwarming and encouraging to hear of these students going on to find jobs or to higher education.