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Serving DC - First PeP of 2011 School Year

Posted on 11/14/2011 @ 10:00 AM

Read more about the Panim el Panim experience through the eyes of a teen participant, Leora Einleger.

Leora, and 12 other teens from Deerfield, IL, went to Food and Friends in Washington, DC. The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.

Today we went to a food kitchen that prepares specialized food for people suffering with AIDS, HIV, and cancer. We packed over 500 bags with only 14 people. We had to specialize each bag to fit into their dietary needs. It was amazing how many options there were, and there was a big variety. Not only were there options for their dietary needs, but also for their personal likes. Food and Friends has over 1400 clients and only 50 employees. They need the help of volunteers to get most of the work done. We all became aware of the issues of dietary needs for people suffering from sicknesses. I was amazed that Food and Friends is able to serve so many homebound sick while still making everything free and interesting. – Leora Einleger, Heschel High School

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