04/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DC Central Kitchen Provides 45,000 Meals Despite Record Snowstorm

Despite a massive blizzard that left much of the northeast under a blanket of snow, staff and volunteers for the DC Central Kitchen in Washington came out to prepare food for those in need of a meal.

The kitchen reported 50% more productivity than usual, due to increased demand.

From The D.C. Central Kitchen:

Mike Curtin, the CEO of the Kitchen gave credit to staff determination, as well as economic planning for the organization's agility.

"Because we produce over 50% of our own income, we are able to be more decisive about hiring a snow plow to clear our docks and securing hotel space for employees who are prepared to get the job done. This is what we do, and we never give in!"

Earlier this week, we reported on the increase in homeless and impoverished families in American cities, and how many homeless New Yorkers, Philadelphians and Washingtonians may have had nowhere to go during Snowmageddon.

We've compiled a slideshow of the effort put forth by the DC Central Kitchen below. All photos by Samantha Michaels/Medill School of Journalism.

D.C. Shelter During Snowstorm