CONTACT: Abigail Seiler, (202) 269-6875,
Steny Hoyer to be presented with Food &
Friends’ Public Servant
“Spirit of Caring” Award
Monday, May 23, 2016 at
Best: A Taste of Compassion
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.
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.
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
& Friends’ current client demographics in snapshot:
- 35% HIV/AIDS / 45% cancer / 20% other serious illness
- Washington DC 53% / Maryland 37% / Virginia 10%
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.