(From the archives: originally posted on WNP's previous website August 5, 2015)
At the Wide Net Project, we clearly love good, local fish, and even though hunger relief is at the core of our mission, sometimes it still takes us by surprise when a community member talks about how long it’s been since they’ve been able to sit down to a meal with fresh fish. Recently, Jewish Food Experience (JFE) volunteers prepared and served a delicious breakfast and lunch to the women of N Street Village, which supports homeless women in DC. Catfish from WNP was front and center on the menu. JFE Director, Paul Entis, shared with us, “Incorporating the Wide Net Project’s generously donated blue catfish into the lunch menu for seventy N Street Village clients was a terrific collaboration. Not only did JFE volunteers learn about local issues of sustainability, the women absolutely loved the opportunity to feast on fresh fish. Many at the luncheon reflected that they hadn’t had the chance to enjoy fresh fish in years, and in some cases decades.”
We are thrilled about this new relationship with JFE and N Street Village and were honored to be a part of this special event. N Street village serves as a community of empowerment and recovery for Washington D.C.’s homeless and low-income women. The organization provides comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, helps women achieve stability, and assists women with housing, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. Some of their services include affordable rental housing, peer mentorship, leadership programs, case management, and holistic wellness events. Each of these programs ultimately seeks to help women feel connected and empowered.
N Street Village is certainly effecting powerful change in our community and being a part of the JFE team was a fantastic experience. Our co-founder, Wendy Stuart, will be a guest chef at an upcoming N Street Village event, and we’re very much looking forward to it!
For pictures of the event, please visit JFE’s Facebook Page.