When I first moved to Washington D.C. as a college student over ten years ago, I had many experiences of traveling in and out of the District to my hometown of New York. What struck me during these trips was the first thing I would see when entering the District by bus or car: an undeniable and overwhelming presence of homelessness. Years later, just before the cold season which last year saw double the national average of homeless in D.C., I am excited to be supporting Taste of Georgetown on its 25th anniversary. This meaningful and important event endeavors to raise awareness on and eradicate homelessness in the District.
Taste of Georgetown was first established by former Grace Episcopal Church Rector David Bird, and congregant Robert Egger who founded D.C. Central Kitchen. It is a free-to-attend culinary experience held on K Street alongside the iconic Georgetown waterfront. The event brings together some of the city’s most notable culinary influentials from over 30 Georgetown restaurants. Over 60 dish tastings can be enjoyed that will raise funds for the Georgetown Ministry Center’s Homeless Assistance Programs. These programs are rooted in non-profit charity and work to guide chronically homeless individuals towards stability and housing through street outreach. Most importantly, they ensure a safe and welcoming environment during the period of transition.
In its third year partnering with Taste of Georgetown, the Washingtonian is supporting the efforts of the Georgetown BID and actively drawing attention to this cause throughout our region. Taste of Georgetown itself has a wide impact, exposing over 10,000 people in the DMV to mission of the Ministry.
While fall provides many comforting distractions, like the perfect pumpkin spice latte, or cozy trending fashion, it is important to remember that this season brings changes of hardship and a question of uncertainty for many throughout our region. Taste of Georgetown should serve as a kick-off point for turning our attention to helping those in need this fall and winter. Donating coats and sweaters. Assisting where possible in street outreach. And supporting events like Taste of Georgetown with a D.C.-level Sunday brunch appetite. It is through small, conscious efforts that the scourge of homelessness in the D.C.-area can be erased as a national marker.
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