The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will host its 8th Annual Community Breakfast and Health Fair, 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Sept. 19, at Thrive DC located at 1525 Newton Street, NW. The community breakfast, begun by the CBC Spouses, provides an opportunity for the Foundation, the Spouses, members of Congress and corporate partners to participate in a community service event during the Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) scheduled this year from Sept. 18-21. Breakfast will be served to the homeless followed by free health screenings.
The Foundation is partnering with Thrive DC which provides comprehensive wraparound services to homeless and vulnerable men and women of all ages, backgrounds, races and ethnicities. This strategic alliance combines the Foundation's and the CBC Spouses' strong network of volunteers, contacts, and donors with Thrive DC's dedicated staff and relationship to the community. Together, both organizations will work to address the immediate and long-term mental, physical and material needs of Thrive DC's client population.
"Each year CBCF and a host of partners join forces to address the urgent nutritional and medical challenges impacting our community," said Keith Wright, chief operating officer for CBCF. "The partnership with Thrive DC will allow for comprehensive health screenings and needed services to our neighbors most in need.''
Health screenings will be provided by Walgreens, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Safeway and the American Dental Association. Screenings will include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, BMI, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight, HIV/AIDS screenings, dental examinations and FREE Flu shots provided by Safeway.
"We are thrilled to be the site of the CBCF's 2013 Community Health Breakfast and encourage all in need to take advantage of this unique opportunity to access a broad range of free health screenings and other services," said Alicia Horton, Thrive DC's Executive Director. "Thrive DC opens its doors daily to more than 200 chronically homeless and vulnerable individuals. Most are living with serious health challenges and do not receive regular access to crucial health care making this event one that is much-needed and truly invaluable to the community."
Sponsors for the Community Health Breakfast include General Mills, Inc., Safeway, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Baxter Healthcare. In Kind donations are provided by Safeway, Personal Care Products Council, PepsiCo, APRO, The Trade Association, Buddy's Home Furnishings, Baxter Healthcare, General Mills, Inc. and The Sears Associate Gospel Choir.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is the leading conference on legislative and policy issues impacting the African-American and Diaspora communities. Nearly 10,000 people will attend this four-day gathering to develop solutions to the challenges facing Black communities around the world through issues forums, brain trusts, a town hall meeting, networking sessions, and more.
This year's ALC theme, "It Starts With You," is a call to action urging individuals to champion much-needed change in public policy. The conference features the Exhibit Showcase, which offers educational, health and business-related opportunities for ALC attendees and an outreach project with Thrive DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people facing the dire consequences of economic upheaval, including homelessness and housing instability. The premier ALC event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner fundraiser, supports the Foundation's educational programs, scholarships and research initiatives. The conference concludes with a prayer breakfast that features gospel recording artists, including Marvin Sapp, who will deliver the morning message.
To learn more about the CBCF, visit www.cbcfinc.org.