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WAMU: New Southeast Center Is ‘Love Letter To The Community,’ With Medical Services, Food, And More

Lynda Brown, director of the Southeast center and of social services, was there that day. “As the community members were coming through and actually getting their bags from the first family, they passed me on the way out and many of them were in tears,” she says. “If that level of impact can happen for them just seeing that, having Mrs. Obama’s name on this building hopefully will have that same level of impact for the community.”

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DCist: New Southeast Center Is ‘Love Letter To The Community,’ With Medical Services, Food, And More

D.C. nonprofit Bread for the City’s massive new center on Good Hope Road is nearly complete and staffers are getting excited to hang up the sign out front: “The Michelle Obama Southeast Center of Bread for the City.”

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At a walk-up coronavirus vaccine clinic in D.C., every shot is a small victory

"We’re just trying to meet the demand, and clearly there’s still many people in the city who are not vaccinated,” Dr. Randi Abramson said.

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No appointment needed: shifting to more walk-up COVID vaccination sites in the District

Bread For The City has been scheduling vaccine appointments for its patients and putting shots in arms since late December, but the walk-up vaccines are a new addition.

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Why D.C. Is Failing at the Vaccination Game

Clearly, these D.C. facilities received more vaccine doses than they knew what to do with, perhaps because so few of them are participating. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration website, only seven D.C. community health centers, all of them very small, are participating or have been invited to participate in its COVID-19 vaccine program. (The two best-known are Bread for the City and Community of Hope.) According to the CDC website, only four corporations are signed up for the pharmacy program in D.C. Most of the participating stores aren’t pharmacies at all, but rather supermarkets that house small pharmacy sections.

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The Miles to the Grocery Store Got Longer This Year

“We just haven’t dealt with the root of this issue, which is the long history of oppression and disadvantage that’s created this extreme poverty,” added George Jones, CEO of Bread for the City.

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Local brewery makes giving back to the community a priority

The projects raised money for local non-profits and charities such as Bread for the City, Think Local First D.C., SMYAL and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

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RPT: FEATURE – US Food Security Crisis: Record Numbers Go Hungry Amid Pandemic

In the District of Columbia, George Jones, CEO of Bread for the City, observed the debilitating effects of COVID-19 on the lives of so many who were already suffering in the nation's capital.

"Ten thousand people are getting food from us and about 100 people come to the center although we encourage them not to - and we hand them bags," he told Sputnik. "When looking at food insecurity, the world looks so different now. Our focus is getting people access to food and figuring out how to sustain a model that's equitable. The pandemic is not quite yet over so we are looking at a safe, reliable way to serve our clients."