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Hunger Fund Grant for Outreach Breakfast Ministry

Updated on November 2, 2021
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Janis is heavily involved in community service which includes running a bi-weekly breakfast program for the homeless and families in need.

Breakfast Feeds the Body and the Soul

Hot pancakes are served at the Kwanzaa Kitchen Breakfast Program along with scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, grits, juice, and coffee.
Hot pancakes are served at the Kwanzaa Kitchen Breakfast Program along with scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, grits, juice, and coffee. | Source

Feeding Breakfast to the Hungry Begins Very Early

It's 6:30am on a Saturday morning as the volunteers arrive sleepy-eyed to begin cracking eggs and mixing pancake batter at Saint George's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

Early arrival is imperative in order to get enough hot food in the hopper to start boxing up carryout trays to be bagged by 9:00am. Until recently, we served dine-in meals and carry outs. But due to the coronavirus, we have switched to breakfast bags-to-go only as we follow safe practices for our volunteers and patrons.

Patrons receive carryout packages for either themselves or for house-bound family and friends. The packages are handed to the patrons outside of the church. Volunteers deliver breakfast directly to seniors in their homes and to area shelters.

The fast pace of the kitchen is maintained by the rhythm of contemporary gospel music and spirited conversations about current events. This outreach ministry, the Kwanzaa Kitchen Breakfast Program, is lovingly carried out every other Saturday throughout the year by a group of very dedicated volunteers.

It is one of several feeding programs in the Washington metropolitan area that is funded by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW) Hunger Fund.

Hebrews 13:2 (ESV)

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

Feeding Programs Provide Nutritious Meals to the Needy

Some patrons have been attending for years to enjoy a nutritious meal.
Some patrons have been attending for years to enjoy a nutritious meal. | Source

The Kwanzaa Kitchen Breakfast Program

The Kwanzaa Kitchen, located in Washington, DC, began as a small breakfast program to serve homeless men and needy families. It was patterned after the Black Panthers Breakfast Program for Hungry Children in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL.

The first breakfast, held on November 11, 1992 at Saint George's, fed about twenty patrons, served by four volunteers.

Over the years, the numbers grew as the dire need for a hot, nutritious morning meal became more apparent in the community.

Today, the breakfast program has surpassed 27 years of service to the hungry, averaging about 150 meals served per breakfast.

The menu includes scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey bacon, pancakes, seasonal grits or cereal, coffee, and juice. We also serve fresh fruit for special occasions and holidays. We recently added small snack bags of crackers, juice, cereal bars, and apple sauce cups the patron can use later. We also get donations of toiletries and much needed personal care items to disseminate on occasion.

Isaiah 58:10 (ESV)

"If you pour yourself out for the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday."

Breakfast Bags-To-Go

Before the pandemic, patrons would begin to trickle in around 8-8:30 am, coming in from their homes, halfway houses, and shelters. Seated in the dining area, they read, fellowship, and listen to music as they wait patiently for breakfast to be served. On occasion, patrons will ask to help and will gladly assist with table setting.

With the uncertainty of COVID-19, patrons are unable to come in for fellowship. Instead, they arrive around 9am outside the church gate and social distance as the wait for the bags-to-go.

Before bagging the carry outs, a prayer is offered in the kitchen to bless the food and the volunteers. Volunteers tally the count for bags disseminated to the patrons, those taken for delivery, and those taken to the shelter.

Food Preparation I - Scrambled Eggs and Turkey Bacon

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Fluffy scrambled eggs are prepared from scratch with cheese.A large pot of eggs wait for milk and the electric mixer.Eggs are beaten thoroughly before scrambling.Turkey bacon is laid on the pan for baking.
Fluffy scrambled eggs are prepared from scratch with cheese.
Fluffy scrambled eggs are prepared from scratch with cheese. | Source
A large pot of eggs wait for milk and the electric mixer.
A large pot of eggs wait for milk and the electric mixer. | Source
Eggs are beaten thoroughly before scrambling.
Eggs are beaten thoroughly before scrambling. | Source
Turkey bacon is laid on the pan for baking.
Turkey bacon is laid on the pan for baking. | Source

Food Preparation II - Pancakes

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Cinnamon is added to pancake batter.Hot pancakes are ready to be taken off the grill.Pancake batter is poured on a hot grill.Stacks of pancakes are kept in a warm hopper.
Cinnamon is added to pancake batter.
Cinnamon is added to pancake batter. | Source
Hot pancakes are ready to be taken off the grill.
Hot pancakes are ready to be taken off the grill. | Source
Pancake batter is poured on a hot grill.
Pancake batter is poured on a hot grill. | Source
Stacks of pancakes are kept in a warm hopper.
Stacks of pancakes are kept in a warm hopper. | Source

Breakfast Up and Ready To Serve

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Hot food is ready to be served from the hopper.Hot and creamy grits are served during the cold winter months.Plated breakfast plates are served restaurant-style to the patrons.
Hot food is ready to be served from the hopper.
Hot food is ready to be served from the hopper. | Source
Hot and creamy grits are served during the cold winter months.
Hot and creamy grits are served during the cold winter months. | Source
Plated breakfast plates are served restaurant-style to the patrons.
Plated breakfast plates are served restaurant-style to the patrons. | Source

Volunteer Assembly Line for Carryout Meals

Volunteers take their positions and fill carryout trays.
Volunteers take their positions and fill carryout trays. | Source
Program coordinator flips pancakes.
Program coordinator flips pancakes. | Source
Condiment cups are filled for the carryouts.
Condiment cups are filled for the carryouts. | Source

Kwanzaa Kitchen Volunteers and Tasks

It takes about six core volunteers to carry out the breakfast ministry on a typical Saturday. The main tasks include food preparation, cooking, condiment set-ups, bagging, dissemination of carry outs, and clean-up.

Shopping for the breakfast items is also a task that is alternated between core volunteers. Food preparation and ministry tasks includes:

  • Cracking and beating about 20 dozen eggs for fresh scrambled eggs
  • Laying and baking 16 to 20 packages of turkey bacon
  • Mixing approximately 30 pounds of pancake mix (with cinnamon)
  • Cooking about 2-1/2 pounds of grits
  • Filling cups with margarine and syrup for the carry outs
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all counters, pots, and utensils
  • Maintaining receipts of expenses, documentation of patron attendance, and meals served for quarterly financial reports and annual application to the Hunger Fund Grant

Volunteers are comprised of church members, community members, fraternities, sororities, and high school students who need hours for community service.

Our Patrons Enjoy the Fellowship

Patrons enjoy the atmosphere and the fellowship
Patrons enjoy the atmosphere and the fellowship | Source

Grant Funds Feed Returning Patrons

Patrons and volunteers celebrated 27 years of the breakfast program.
Patrons and volunteers celebrated 27 years of the breakfast program.

Breakfast Program Patron Testimonials

Patrons were asked why they like our breakfast program, what they get out of it, and what keeps them coming back:

  • "On cold days like this, it gives us a chance to come in out of the cold and get a good meal. You have the best breakfast in the city, by far, top of the line. You feel the love in here; people know that they [volunteers] care."
  • "I been homeless for years, the food is good, gets me out of a rut, samething everyday, back and forth; it's a nice place to come and eat and fellowship."
  • "The spiritual atmoshphere, you all show that you care. People come here with a lot on their minds and get a feeling of peace. It's not just for the food; it's to get peace of mind."


Dine-In Style Breakfast is Served

A hot nutritious plate is served to each guest.
A hot nutritious plate is served to each guest. | Source

How The Hunger Fund Grant Works

Every year, the Kwanzaa Kitchen applies for a grant to run the breakfast program. The Hunger Fund Committee has quarterly meetings in addition to meeting twice a year to review grant applications and make decisions to award funds to various types of feeding programs in the Washington area.

Some provide breakfast, some serve dinner, and others dole out bags of groceries or emergency food packages to the needy. Once the application is made, the program is notified within a week or two that they have been approved to receive a grant in the amount requested.

The grant fund is not a line-item in the Diocesan budget and is dependent on the sole donations from congregations within the Episcopal Diocese, as well as other generous donors in the community.

The Kwanzaa Kitchen participates in the monthly collection of donations called "Hunger Fund Sunday" where each family is asked to drop one dollar into a special plate on third Sundays. These funds are sent to the Diocese from Episcopal churches in the area to maintain the fund throughout the year.

It is stipulated that all grants are to be used for food items and paper supplies only and is not to be applied toward any administrative costs. Each recipient program must submit a detailed accounting of how the funds were spent before application for another grant is considered.

The Hunger Fund Grant

  • The purpose of the Hunger Fund is to provide grants to churches, non-profits, and community organizations that feed those challenged with hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition within the geographic boundaries of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
  • It is a vehicle by which Christians can do their part toward alleviating hunger in their communities. There are several feeding programs in the Washington area that continue, year after year, to give volunteers an opportunity to make a difference.
  • In 2018, a total of 11 programs received grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. The Kwanzaa Kitchen received a grant in the amount of $3,300.

For more information, visit Diocesan Hunger Fund at the Episcopal Diocese of Washington website.

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