(April 20, 2020, Washington, DC) — In a show of support for caregivers and those facing significant food insecurity during the global pandemic, Steptoe and its in-house culinary services provider, Seasons, donated 1000 hot meals to Children's National Hospital and several housing facilities in the District of Columbia. The meals were prepared by Seasons, which operates a commercial-grade kitchen in the firm’s Washington office, and delivered to recipients on the evenings of April 16 and 17.
The café has been idle since employees began teleworking in March. Rather than discard all of food remaining in the pantry, a decision was made to put some of it to good use.
Children's National Hospital received a total of 600 individual meals, with 300 meals donated to Access Housing, which operates a transitional housing facility for the Veterans Administration hospital in DC. The remaining meals were donated to Friendship Place's housing program, La Casa, and Pathways to Housing DC. Both programs serve individuals and families on the brink of homelessness.
Steptoe's Vince Falcone, senior director of facilities in the DC office, and members of his team organized and facilitated the meal donations and deliveries. Paul Lee, the firm's pro bono counsel, also played a significant role in helping to find recipients for the meals.
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Steptoe Vice Chair Gwen Renigar and Chair Phil West
Steptoe's Tyrone Bryant and Vince Falcone
Staff at Children's National Hospital welcome the meal delivery