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Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to be presented with Food & Friends' “Spirit of Caring” Award


CONTACT: Abigail Seiler, (202) 269-6875, aseiler@foodandfriends.org


 Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to be presented with Food & Friends’ Public Servant
Spirit of Caring” Award

Monday, May 23, 2016 at
Chef’s Best: A Taste of Compassion
National Building Museum, Washington, DC


May 4, 2016—U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D), representing the 5th Congressional district of Maryland, will receive the Food & Friends, first annual Public Servant, Spirit of Caring” award. The award will be presented at Food & Friends’ signature event Chef’s Best: A Taste of Compassion, held on May 23, at the National Building Museum. 

The Public Servant “Spirit of Caring” award was established by Food & Friends to honor an elected or other public official for their exemplary leadership in furthering proposals and programs that promote the well-being of all citizens on such issues as: health care, food and nutrition services, or support for those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-challenging illnesses in their community.

Mr. Hoyer was first elected to Congress in 1981 and is currently the second-ranking figure in House Democratic Leadership. Representing the 5th Congressional district of Maryland, Congressman Hoyer has been a stalwart champion for thousands of Food & Friends clients and is a proponent of LGBTQ rights. Through his leadership in public office, sponsorship of relevant legislation, and his personal experience with family life-challenging illnesses, Mr. Hoyer has demonstrated a strong and constant commitment to fight for accessibility to health care. 

In 2015, Food & Friends served 2700 clients with 1,016,622 total home delivered meals, with an average of 3,258 meals per day. Food & Friends serves four counties within Rep. Hoyer’s district: Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and Prince George’s counties, reaching 232 clients in 2015 with over 80,000 meals. 

Food & Friends’ current client demographics in snapshot:

- 35% HIV/AIDS / 45% cancer / 20% other serious illness
- Washington DC 53% / Maryland 37% / Virginia 10%

As Food & Friends continues its advocacy efforts to improve the health, nutrition and social isolation of people living with life-challenging illnesses, it is vital to build bridges with concerned policy makers of every political party that promote the mission of Food & Friends.

The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community of caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering medically specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.