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Maybe you saw a post on our Facebook page earlier this week, about a hair stylist who gives away free haircuts to homeless individuals in New York City. Believe it or not, this was one of the most popular Facebook posts of the past year!
That’s because it reinforces one of the most important messages here at Miriam’s Kitchen: that human dignity matters. And that no one should have to simply accept that they can’t afford to feel good about themselves.
Over the past year and a half, Chef Emily Hagel has become one of the best known faces at Miriam’s Kitchen. Whether she’s serving guests, directing kitchen volunteers, or gathering fresh donations from our food partners, people all over the city know that Chef Emily makes things happen at Miriam’s Kitchen.
Think you know Chef Emily? Check out these five facts you *didn’t* know:
My first job in the food industry: Red Hook Lobster Truck DC – I still have nightmares about brunoised celery!
Each week, there's an air of anticipation at Miriam’s Kitchen, as we await the generous donations that come in from local farms and farmers markets. And the donations that generate the most excitement are those from just eight blocks away at the White House Garden.
Since 2009, Miriam’s Kitchen has been the primary beneficiary of the White House Garden’s donations. Our guests have enjoyed fresh spinach, greens, pumpkins, and even honey harvested from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The first time you step foot in MK’s dining room, it’s clear who can answer your questions. You just look for the people in the blue tee shirts.
One year ago, our current group of Volunteer Corps members put on their blue tees for the first time. As they complete their year of service at MK, we asked them what it’s meant to wear that uniform. As always, their insights impressed and humbled us:
The Power of Belonging: Each day, we worked to earn our guests’ trust, by creating an environment of dignity and acceptance for all individuals.
Offering Extends Organization’s Commitment to Ending Chronic Homelessness in D.C.
Fresh, healthy food matters to us.
It is the foundation of our meals program. And it’s the key behind our relationships with local farmers markets, grocers and other members of the food service and restaurant industries.
This week, we’re thrilled to expand those relationships to include Washington’s own Yes! Organic Market. And you can be a part of it.
Initiative Rewards Local Organizations when Customers Shop With their Own Bags
July 1, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – Miriam’s Kitchen announced today that it will be one of the initial beneficiaries of Yes! Organic Market’s new “Yes! Cents for Change” program. This initiative will donate five cents to local non-profit organizations each time customers shop with their own grocery bags.
It's time for MK's Annual Volunteer BBQ!
When: Saturday, June 28
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Western Persbyterian Church (Upstairs from MK!)
2401 Virginia Ave, NW
Thanks so much to the MK communcity for your support this past budget season. As you may have heard, the city has approved a historic investment of $4.7 million to END veteran homelessness in D.C.
It’s an incredible victory, and we celebrate it with each of you who helped spread the word to our elected officials: ending homelessness IS a priority in the District. It may be hard to believe, but your voice made a huge difference.
Breakfast at Miriam’s is the most important meal of the day. In many cases, it is the only nutritious meal our guests will enjoy in the next 24 hours.
With summer’s bounty on the brink (we received a donation of nectarines yesterday!) and temperatures rising, we decided to share with you our refreshing and nutritious Strawberry-Nectarine-Kale breakfast smoothie recipe.
A quick note about kale....did you know that a cup of kale is good for an estimated 130 percent of the daily recommended allowance of vitamins A and C? That makes it an ideal menu item for our guests.