03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Biden Serves Lunch To Homeless Men In D.C.

Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise stop at the Father McKenna Center of St. Aloysius Church in Washington, D.C. today to serve lunch to the homeless.

About 80 men watched the vice president don gloves and an apron to serve fish sticks in the nation's capital, which is home to approximately 18,000 homeless people.

Biden said he wanted to serve to remind himself of the grim reality that many D.C. residents face. According to The Washington Post, when Biden left the church, it took his motorcade less than five minutes to bring him back to the White House. St. Aloysius church is about half a mile north of the White House, and less than a block west of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

From The Washington Post:

"I do this at home," Biden said while lifting a piece of crust-covered fish with tongs and placing it on the plate of a man who shuffled by, eyes down, not recognizing his server. "I wanted to do this. I asked where I could do this without a lot of fanfare and they told me I could do it here."

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