Through a network of 700 nonprofit partners, the CAFB distributed 33 million pounds of food last year, nearly 15 million pounds of fresh produce. With just $1, the CAFB can provide three meals.
Why do we exist?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over 96 billion pounds of food are wasted in this country each year. For the Washington Metro area, the Capital Area Food Bank collects 20 million pounds of that “wasted” food and distributes it to hunger relief organizations. Also, with Welfare Reform and Food Stamp cuts, food banks across the country must make up for the lack of government sponsored feeding programs and food purchasing dollars.
What have you accomplished?
For over 30 years, the Capital Area Food Bank has worked to prevent food waste and feed the hungry in the Washington metro area. Through a network of over 700 member agencies, the Capital Area Food Bank distributes 1.6 million meals each month. The CAFB also strives to educate, empower and enlighten the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. This is accomplished through Operation Frontline, a series of meal-planning and cooking courses; Face Hunger, an interactive workshop about hunger; Kids Cafe, an after-school feeding program; the Food for Kids weekend bag program which provides food for children on weekends and the Brown Bag Program, a feeding program for seniors and many others.