|When WFOP was first launched in 1988, programs that provided food for the homeless, including most shelters, did not provide meals on Sundays and holidays. As a result the King Holiday would harm those that he dedicated the last days of his life attempting to help - poor people. Originally; our effort involved a few friends donating the money they would receive for the paid holiday to prepare and serve a meal to the 12-15 people who lived in the park next to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, DC. As these friends shared this idea with others, the desire to be a part and to contribute began to grow. Volunteers came by the dozens with freshly cooked turkeys, vegetables, breads and warm clothes. The simple idea of three students to cook food in their homes for 12-15 homeless people had turned into an event that provided meals and warm clothing for over 400 people and had the support of nearly 100 volunteers. This was all accomplished within one week of the inception of the idea.