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This Inspiring D.C. Woman Helps Feed, Clothe and Educate Veterans and Students

by Rose Marie Walano 3:00 AM, April 18, 2018

Aired April 18, 2018

In the October issue of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine, Rachael launched a contest called "Feed It Forward." She wanted to find a deserving start-up, non-profit organization helping to feed their communities — at the grassroots level — and help them take their work to the next level!

The winner received $3,000, a write-up in the April issue of the magazine and a mentoring session with Rach — not to mention an appearance on our show (watch it above!)

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And that winner is… Mercedes Kirkland-Doyle, the awe-inspiring founder of the Good News Community Kitchen!

The Good News Community Kitchen is a nonprofit that supplies meals, clothing and hygiene kits to those in need in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area. Plus, it offers workforce development to veterans, students and others in need!

A very worthy pursuit, wouldn't you say?

As Rachael explains it, "The reason we wanted to highlight you and groups like yours — and to really focus on small nonprofit organizations — is to show people the power of one. We can each change our communities and feed our neighbors and each other."

"And," she adds, "you don't have to have special training to do it!"

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As for the impact Good News Community Kitchen has on her life, Mercedes says, "I'm extremely thankful for what I have. At times, we can get a little ungrateful and not realize etc blessings or how good life really is. And if you're put in a position where you don't have a home, you don't have your own room, you don't have access to hygiene essentials like toothpaste or soap… I'm extremely grateful."

And we're extremely grateful for you, Mercedes!

Learn more about the Good News Community Kitchen and the incredible woman behind it in the video above!