Safeway's Feast of Sharing to Feed 4,000

LANHAM, Md. - In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, Safeway, Inc. said an event it's hosting this Wednesday is designed to provide more than a festive holiday meal for District of Columbia residents in need.

The Safeway Feast of Sharing will also feature a job fair with more than 40 local employers looking to put these unemployed citizens back to work. With the assistance of the Salvation Army, about 4,000 city residents are expected to attend the Sevent, which is being held for the fourth straight year.

"The only way an event of this kind can take place is through the spirit of giving," said Gregory TenEyck, Safeway's eastern director of public affairs. "All the partners associated with this function are donating their time and services because all of us believe we are not only sharing a holiday feast, but also a message of hope to our neighbors in need. We're pleased it is becoming a meaningful Thanksgiving tradition in Washington."

Safeway and most of the event sponsors are among more than 40 employers expected to participate in the job fair, along with SunTrust Bank, the Metropolitan Police, Sunrise Assisted Living, and Washington Hospital Center. Additionally, health screenings and other services will be available for guests from a variety of organizations.

Safeway, which will donate all the food and centerpieces, will partner with such contributors as the Washington Convention Center, which will provide the banquet hall; Center Plate/NBSE, the convention center's caterer, which will prepare the meal; the Salvation Army and Amerigroup, which have identified and invited the guests while coordinating the job and health fair; Metropolitan Baptist Church, which is organizing the volunteers; and Securpros, which will provide security services.
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