When a care recipient arrives to a monthly food distribution at the Tzu Chi Greater Washington DC Regional Office in Reston, VA, they can expect a hefty grocery trip. Tzu Chi volunteer SueFang Hsu elaborates: “our packages [provide] about 25 pounds of food. We have milk, rice, black beans, vegetable oil, corn flour.”
Dominga Acosta, a local resident, attests to the value of what she receives: “for me, it’s very important because I’m a single mom. I have two boys and I have my mom. This helps me a lot, [they’re] things I can use throughout the month.”
Many of these efforts began as a result of hardship through the pandemic. More than two years ago, the program officially launched and has served over 2,000 families with a whopping 6,000 lbs. of food.
Even for SueFang, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer several years ago, volunteering in this effort is as impactful as it is important: “they gave me health, [so] they need me coming here and doing what I’m doing.”
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