When WFOP was first launched in 1988, programs (including most shelters) that provided meals to citizens suffering from homelessness did not provide these services 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 – underserved people. Originally our effort involved a few friends donating their MLK, Jr. holiday pay to prepare and serve a hot 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. This was all accomplished within one week of the inception of the idea.
As these friends shared this idea with others, the desire to participate and contribute to this effort 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 people has turned into an event that provides meals and warm clothing to over 400 people and has the support of over 100 volunteers.
Please consider volunteering with us for our 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community service event being held the weekend of January 14-16, 2017.