First lady volunteers at local soup kitchen

First lady Michelle Obama stopped by Miriam’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen located just off campus at 24th and G streets, to serve hot meals to homeless men and women Thursday afternoon.

The first lady doled out risotto, steamed broccoli, fresh biscuits, muffins and fruit salad Thursday afternoon, said Sara Gibson, director of development at Miriam’s Kitchen. The White House donated most of the fruit for the side dish – enough for two weeks, Gibson said.

“Mrs. Obama wanted to highlight programs that not only feed the homeless, but put a lot of thought and care into nutritious food,” said Carol Howard Merritt, a pastor at the Western Presbyterian Church where Miriam’s Kitchen is housed.

Merritt said her appearance affected all who were present at the kitchen, while provided assistance to more than 2,400 people last year.

“What really stood out to me was her generosity and warmth when she shook everybody’s hands,” Merritt said.

Obama worked for about 20 minutes, serving food and later speaking with diners.

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