By Max Grossman 

Serve Your City (SYC)/Ward 6 Mutual Aid (W6MA) is working with Black and Brown grassroots organizations to help keep our communities safe. The Southwest Pod of SYC/W6MA is partnering with Christ United Methodist Church to serve our neighbors with food and supplies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Southwest Pod would like to thank all of our neighbors for supporting the SW DC Winter Coat Drive. To date, 51 kids coats and 82 adult coats have been distributed in the community, with more to be distributed. 

As usual, SYC/W6MA will continue to collect non-perishable foods, toiletries, and household cleaning items to serve our community. Donations can be dropped off at Christ United Methodist Church on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This month’s needs include:

Food/beverage: canned meat, coffee, tea, hot chocolate mix, box milk, jam or jelly, crackers, chips, nuts

Personal hygiene: hand lotion, feminine hygiene pads, shampoo, conditioner

Cleaning supplies: laundry detergent, Lysol

Household items: bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, medium size saucepans

Special Request: adult and children’s winter gloves and hats 

Please note, the 5000 Food Pantry and W6MA Fresh Produce will return to normal hours in January, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 2:30 p.m. The Southwest Pod will also continue to have a table at the Southwest Farmers’ Market for neighbors to stop by and donate produce on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

If you or someone you know needs support, call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 202-683-9962 or email Want to get involved or just learn more? Contact us at

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