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USHCC and Foundation to Volunteer at DC Central Kitchen for National Day of Service

USHCC Chambers give back

In honor of its National Day of Service today, December 5th, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Foundation staff will dedicate their day to volunteering at DC Central Kitchen. The team will be helping the fight against hunger by preparing balanced meals for the less-fortunate in the Washington, D.C. community. Affiliate chambers of commerce across the country will be hosting volunteer events as part of this nationwide initiative.

“We at the USHCC believe in giving back to the community in any way we can. Simply put, service is a virtue, which is why we have volunteered to work at DC Central Kitchen,” said USHCC President & CEO, Javier Palomarez. “Many Americans unfortunately will not be able to afford the robust holiday dinners that others within our organization are fortunate enough to receive. My team and I are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work on changing that. The USHCC calls on all of our friends within our association to do charitable work in this holiday season.”

“To us at the USHCC, the holidays are all about giving to others, especially those of lesser means. While many are enjoying their blessings and prosperity, others are struggling with hunger and homelessness,” said USHCC Foundation Chairman Nina Vaca. “It is our duty to extend a helping hand and give, in the true spirit of the season. We are proud to be working at the DC Central Kitchen for the common good.”

DC Central Kitchen is a nonprofit developer of innovative social ventures that break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Founded in 1989 in protest of traditional charity models, the organization uses career training, job creation, and sustainable business practices to strengthen local food systems and reduce disparities in health and economic opportunity. The Kitchen’s life-changing social ventures include providing culinary job training to at-risk adults, turning wasted food into balanced meals for shelters and nonprofits, and serving healthy, scratch-cooked meals in low-income schools. These efforts have been recognized with the leading national award for healthy school food innovation, The Golden Carrot; the Washington Business Journal’s Green Business Award for Innovation; and the DC Chamber of Commerce’s Community Impact Award. 

About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.

Pablo Manriquez

Vice President, Communications and Media





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