The Langston Terrace community has now one more resource available to them – a new food bank.
Since March, families at Langston Terrace and Lincoln Road have had fresh produce, canned goods, and other food available to them thanks to the resident council’s work to secure a grant from the Capital Area Food Bank.
“We started it up because there were needs in the neighborhood,” said Ester Hardesty, resident council president. “Families would come in asking if we had food and we didn’t.”
Hardesty and other council members would work with other resident councils to get one-time donations to fill the need. The community had a food bank several years ago when Janice Wade McCree was resident council president. The Anacostia Outreach Center ran a food bank between 2010 and 2014, but due to financial constraints was forced to close.
The council began in November to secure the necessary paperwork and wrote its grant proposal with the help of the District of Columbia Housing Authority staff. The council received two freezers and a refrigerator, free of charge, to keep everything fresh through the Anacostia Outreach Center.
“Right now we are dealing with the Langston community but we do share with Lincoln Road,” Hardesty said.
The proposal won approval and now the food bank is open three days a week. Some 50 families have taken advantage of the location. They also offer a “Senior Grocery Plus” program for residents who are at least 60 years old. The Senior Grocery Plus program includes one prepackaged box of groceries.
Sometimes the food bank has baked goods, poultry, and snacks, depending on what the Capital Area Food Bank provides in their $3,000 monthly drop-off. Hardesty and other staff members will bag the groceries for families as they come in.
“We want to make sure they get a variety of what we have,” she said.
Hardesty has plans to build up the community garden in the neighborhood. She said she hopes any extra produce could make its way into the food bank.
The council already operates a clothing bank in the same location.
Jacqueline Coachman, who works with the council, said, “We do accept donations for clothes.”
“And we also accept donations for food,” Hardesty said.
The Langston Terrace Food Bank is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families can pick-up food once a month.
The Senior Grocery Plus program pick–ups are available Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors can pick-up food once a month.
The Langston Terrace Clothing Bank is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.