Frequently Asked Questions

What is EBTT
Everything...but the Turkey? Where's the turkey?
I am not Jewish, can I participate?
Why is there a $15 charge?
Can I bring my children to the event?
Why do we make the recipes we make?
What should I do when I get to the Center?
Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
Is there anything I need to bring with me to the event?

 What is Everything but the Turkey (EBTT)?
EBTT is an event organized by the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service of the DCJCC. This event is held the Monday and Tuesday evenings prior to Thanksgiving. Volunteers will prepare over 20,000 servings of food for the homeless and hungry in the DC area.

Everything but the Turkey? Why don't we make the turkey?
The turkeys are paired with those provided by our partner DC Central Kitchen.

I am not Jewish, can I participate?
Anybody and everybody is welcome to volunteer with us. We encourage anyone interested in volunteering and wanting to celebrating the spirit of Thanksgiving to participate.

Why is there a $15 charge?
Your tax deductable, event participation fee is applied to the cost of food and supplies. If you would like to participate and the fee is a hinderance please contact Erica at 202-777-3255. Thank you for your support.

Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
NO, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any walk-ins. Please register online in advance.

Can I bring my children to the event?
YES! Everyone is welcome. We do request that youth under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult. Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children. Please remember that there are knives being used at many of the food preparation stations. Healthy snack bags and Stuffing are great for families with young children.

Why do we make the recipes we make? 
All
of the food we prepare is donated to DC Central Kitchen and the 90 partnering organizations we help prepare food for. We consult with them on their needs and the needs of the shelters they provide for. 

What should I do when I get to the Center?
Please sign in at our check-in tables. They can remind you what table you are volunteering at, we'll do an introduction and welcome in the lobby and then you will join the other volunteers at your station to begin preparing food.

Is there anything special I need to wear or bring with me to the event?
We will provide everything. Please wear closed toe shoes for safety reasons. Everyone must also cover their hair. We will provide hair nets but if you'd prefer you are welcome to wear your own hat. You are also welcome to bring your own knives, graters, etc. but the JCC is not responsible for them. The only other thing needed is your energy and the want to volunteer.

Erica Steen
Director, Community Engagement
(202) 777-3255

Randy Bacon
Director, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3244

Elena Frenkel
Coordinator, Volunteer and Community Engagement
(202) 777-3207