The 12th annual Safeway Feast of Sharing at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was not all about food,though. The event provided a job fair,free clothes and health screenings to about 4,000 D.C. residents in need.
Along with the 360 birds,the menu was full of holiday classics with all the trimmings: stuffing,mashed potatoes and gravy,greens,cranberry sauce,rolls and sweet potatoes – with mini marshmallows,of course. All the food,free for the guests,was donated by Safeway.
Once the food was dished out,it was served to guests by volunteers,including some students from local schools,including Dunbar High School.
The job fair showcased several employers,including Avon Products,which offered information about how to become beauty care sales representative. The company has entry-level positions,Theresa Sellers,senior training leader,said,but employees can move up to higher management positions. The opportunity can empower women to take control of their careers and futures,Brenda J. Glenn,a recruiter and trainer for the company,said.
At the fair,the D.C. Department of Employment Services premiered a new service for D.C. residents,the One City One Hire initiative. The initiative’s purpose is to put all unemployed D.C. residents to work – part of a pledge by Mayor Vincent Gray.
At the fair,the department set up 10 computers for job-seekers to register information about their employment history and enter the database created by the department.
The initiative aims to match these people with one of the more than 51,000 jobs available in D.C. and its suburbs,some of them entry-level. Users could scan or upload their resumes,James H. Moore,the department’s policy and economics director,said. The department plans to advertise the initiative on television and radio in English and Spanish,and possibly in Korean and Mandarin Chinese,Lisa Mallory,the department’s director,said.
The event also provided free flu shots and diabetes tests.
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