Day Two: Sunday May 19. We woke up nice and early, hopped on the metro to Rosslyn, took a bus a ways into Virginia, and walked a mile to get to Memorial Baptist Church. There we attended the 11am service, had lunch, and then learned about hunger in America and the DC area from Carter (we watched this popular video on wealth inequality), and A-SPAN, an organization trying to end homelessness in Arlington. We also helped cook and prepare about 80 meals to go out to the community. The speaker from A-SPAN, Jan, was very engaging, and it was fun doing some kitchen work (a little preparation for a bigger batch of cooking, or at least chopping, at DC Central Kitchen later in the week). We also started to get to know one another, and I knew I was with a really great, smart, and fun group of people. We had dinner back in the city at Capitol City Brewing Company (where I got to catch a little bit of the Penguins game :).
<behind the scenes fun fact: there may be a couple students napping in the rows off to the right>
<the actual ratio of cheese to other stuff is not as extreme as it looks in this photo>
Next up: After a more relaxed introduction to the trip, we start the week off with a few meetings at the USDA, Smithsonian, and dinner at the famous Ben's Chili Bowl!