About the Trot for Hunger

SOME's 20th Annual Trot for Hunger 5k returns IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL in 2021! Join us as we continue to fight poverty and homelessness in our Nation's Capital. 

The Trot for Hunger 5K raises essential funds and awareness to combat poverty in the Washington metropolitan area and provides a way for the community to help those experiencing homelessness on Thanksgiving morning. Proceeds from the 5K benefit thousands of individuals and families who experience homelessness, including the elderly and people suffering from mental illness, by providing much-needed food, clothing, access to healthcare, employment training, and long-term comprehensive addiction treatment programs.

As one of the largest and only DC-based trots in the region, SOME’s Trot for Hunger 5k run/walk brings together over 8,000 members of the DMV community at Freedom Plaza on Thanksgiving morning to give back and show what community and compassion is all about.

Our family-friendly festival on Freedom Plaza includes music, games, a Kids’ One Mile Little Turkey Fun Run, live entertainment, and more!

While this year's event may look a bit different, we are committed to holding a safe & meaningful 5k run/walk that will bring our community together in support of this cause. We will continue to adhere to all CDC, federal, and local guidelines as we prepare for our most successful event yet!

About SOME (So Others Might Eat)

Fighting Poverty & Homelessness

SOME is an interfaith, community-based service organization that exists to help and support residents of our nation’s capital experiencing homelessness and poverty. SOME offers a variety of services, including affordable housing, counseling, substance use disorder treatment, and job training. In addition, SOME helps meet immediate daily needs by providing food, clothing, and healthcare to those in need.

The cycle of poverty and homelessness can be broken. SOME’s (So Others Might Eat) comprehensive programs are designed to help our most vulnerable neighbors—people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty—find pathways out of poverty and achieve long-term stability and success.

The Need

There are 6,904 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our nation’s capital. Pre-pandemic, nearly one in five DC residents lives at or below the poverty line, struggling to meet even their basic needs. While the full scope of the economic fallout from coronavirus is still unknown, food insecurity in the District is expected to rise 45-60% and more than 2 million unemployment claims have been filed in DC.

Our Mission

SOME (So Others Might Eat) helps our vulnerable neighbors in Washington, DC, break the cycle of homelessness through our comprehensive and transformative services.

Our Values

We value an interfaith approach of service to our brothers and sisters in need and welcome the assistance of all concerned persons.

We value empowering the people we serve by respecting their human dignity and by helping them to restore hope in their lives.

We value advocacy on behalf of those we serve in collaborative partnerships to address the root causes of homelessness, hunger, and poverty.

We value responsible stewardship of the resources provided by our donors, volunteers, and employees.

We value integrity and trust by setting high standards for inclusive policies, practices, and behaviors that are objective and fair.

Our History

In 1970, Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and an interfaith group of priests, ministers, and lay persons founded SOME (So Others Might Eat) to help feed the city’s hungry citizens.

After several years, SOME’s founders saw needs beyond what the small soup kitchen could provide and began delivering additional services to support and nourish the most vulnerable of our neighbors.

Today, SOME offers a comprehensive set of services that meet a full spectrum of needs for those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in the District of Columbia.

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