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Helping Hands – Francis on a Hill

Francis on the Hill is a program run by non-profit, Following Francis, that supports children and families in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. They provide fresh groceries and new clothing to neighborhood residents. They also improve public spaces in and around Meridian Hill Park.

When COVID-19 restrictions began, Dr. Carol Conner, the founder of Francis on the Hill, saw a chance to help those affected by the pandemic. They are proud to give fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need and not what they call “hand-me-down” food. Jay Steptoe, the East Coast Director, shared that they started with 30 families, and they now serve 450 families from two locations. Both of their sites, Cardozo High School and Chapin Street Merdian Hill Park, help about 450 families a week with about 20,000 pounds of food total. They accept large pallet-sized donations from organizations like the Capital Area Food Bank. However, they are always taking clothing donations.

Their message is to “Give with Dignity,” and we wanted to ensure that Following Francis and the Francis on the Hill Program can continue to do this incredible work in the community! From Easterns Automotive Group, Joel Bassam joined on this 7News Helping Hands segment to give Following Francis $2,000 towards their mission to continue giving to others in need!