Photo by Darrow Montgomery.

Remember all the honking about the geese that were euthanized earlier this summer in Anacostia Park as a part of efforts to restore the park’s wetlands? The problem stemmed from the fact that Canada Geese were no longer migrating, but remaining in D.C. year-round.

Well, that goose meat is being put to good use. Today, D.C. Central Kitchen received a shipment of 100 pounds of breast meat from roughly 365 geese from the National Park Service.

This is not the first time the National Park Service has come through for D.C. Central Kitchen with a delivery of game meat. It’s now tradition for venison culled from Rock Creek Park to be dropped off in November.

D.C. Central Kitchen’s Erica Teti-Zilinskas confirms they received the goose meat today and says they will process it and freeze it in order to make it last because it’s rich in protein. It will be used as a part of organization’s efforts to distribute 5,000 meals daily to homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, after school programs, and more. 

If you’ve never tried goose, it tastes like dark meat from a turkey. And let’s face it, that’s the best part about Thanksgiving.

D.C. Central Kitchen, 425 2nd St NW; (202) 234-0707; dccentralkitchen.org