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Homebound Individuals Stay Fed During Storm

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Volunteers and staff at Food & Friends have been working around the clock to deliver food in the winter weather.
Rebecca Sheir
Volunteers and staff at Food & Friends have been working around the clock to deliver food in the winter weather.

By Rebecca Sheir

With the D.C. area facing another storm, people who are home-bound are especially at risk. A local organization is making sure this vulnerable population is well-fed, no matter the weather.

Brian Brlansky has the day off, so he's volunteering with Food and Friends, an agency that delivers food to home-bound individuals with life-challenging illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer.

As he four-wheel-drives his Subaru to each destination, first he hears gratitude. Then he hears... surprise. As one recipient says,

"I really was thinking they wouldn't make it, so thank God you made it early!

Charnay Henderson, the director of programs at Food and Friends, says they normally send out 3,000 meals, every other day. But lately, she says they've been working around the clock,

"...trying to do extra deliveries, double deliveries, triple deliveries," she says.

After four hours of driving through ice and slush, Brian Brlansky says it was worth every minute.

"Any time you got a free day like this," says Brlansky, "and you got a good solid car, its a nice way to get around town and put a smile on somebody's face."

Especially when that smile is wider than some of the roads right about now.

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