Volunteers work to fight local hunger, poverty

WASHINGTON -- Statistics show the nation’s capitol is one of the hungriest cities in the nation. According to Hunger Free America, in the Washington metropolitan area, one in eight residents live in hunger.

Sunday, Americorps volunteers from all over the nation, spent time stocking food pantries in the District, Maryland, and Virginia to fight the local need.

Some volunteers spent the day cleaning and sorting furniture at A Wider Circle, a place that not only focuses on feeding the hungry, but also helps local families climb out of poverty.

“Couches, desks, beds, dining room tables, we provide all of these items to families who are currently living in poverty free of charge,” explained Emma Heath, volunteer coordinator with A Wider Circle.

Heath says, each day Monday through Friday, 20 to 30 families that are living below the poverty line are invited to the showroom to pick out furniture for their homes.

A Wider Circle: http://awidercircle.org/

Hunger Free America: http://www.hungerfreeamerica.org/