The event, organized by Washington DC-based non-profit Will Rap 4 Food (WR4F) and production company Bleu Royalty Ent., has seen steady growth since its official inception in February 2014.
“It’s such an inspiration to see members of the community, young and old, reach out and commit to dedicating their day to this,” said WR4F media director Deborah Julien. “Each time we are floored by the love shown and milestones reached.”
This initiative to feed the less fortunate began unofficially in November 2013 when WR4F and Bleu Royalty brought 10 volunteers together to make 100 meals. Following their initial gathering, members of both organizations agreed to name the initiative Breaking Bread and have since seen it grow from 100 meals to 3,524 on Saturday.
"It's amazing to witness how much growth Breaking Bread has experienced over the past nine months. I don't think either organization anticipated so many people becoming so passionate about it," said Bleu Royalty founder Elodie Alcindor. "Being in the midst of all the volunteers and the donors and seeing the smiles and acquaintances that were being made over a cause so much bigger than us was a blessing."
Though there was much work to be done, from taking inventory of donation and signing in volunteers to putting together sandwiches and filling lunch bags, the pleasure in giving back to a worthy cause was unanimous among volunteers.
“To create an atmosphere of servanthood and selflessness where a community is taught to fend for itself is counter cultural, and that’s what Breaking Bread is,” said WR4F Creative Director Jay Julien.
“I truly enjoyed it,” said volunteer Unika “Star” Makonnen.
The next edition of Breaking Bread is slated for November 2014, and with volunteer numbers and donations increasing, leadership from both organizations say the next step is to focus on the nutritional value of the meals they make.