Setting the Table for our Neighbors in Need

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As the Capital Area Food Bank prepares for its annual spring conference, we are reminded of those we serve and how best to support those in the region who are at risk of hunger.

Hot meals are prepared for the homeless. Bags are packed for children to have healthy meals on the weekends. Fresh fruit and vegetables are distributed to seniors. When partner agencies shop at the food bank, they keep in mind the people they are serving. Some come in for all the ingredients to create a filling meal. Others pick items to fill up grocery bags their clients can take on the go.

Our partners work with unique individuals every day — children, seniors, the working poor, those with chronic diseases and the homeless are specific groups with differing needs. The 2013 Metropolitan Area Hunger Conference will address the challenges and opportunities when serving different demographics.

The theme of this spring’s conference, “Setting the Table,” will empower our partners. Morning workshops will feature public health professionals discussing the particular needs and strengths of each population. Afternoon workshops will feature panelists from Capital Area Food Bank staff, partner agencies and other organizations serving these groups, sharing how to incorporate new procedures and best practices into feeding programs.

Please save the date April 26, 2013, for this free conference to be held at First Baptist Church of Glenarden from 8am to 3pm. Bring as many people from your organization as you can, since this will be a great opportunity to collaborate, share your story and meet our new CEO Nancy E. Roman!

2 Responses to “Setting the Table for our Neighbors in Need”

  1. avatar John P Mills Jr

    Looking forward to, but can’t wait for the April conference.Thanks for all you do to feed those in need.

  2. avatar Bruce Swain from Community Support Systems Food Pantry in Acokeek, MD.

    John Mills, Richard Neiser and myself went to the 2012 Conference at Catholic University and learned quite a lot. We distributed over 250 letters that I ran off that Brian Banks gave out at the conference urgeing people to call their Congress person. I am excited and can’t wait to register and go this years conference. I have already putin for leave that friday. Our food pantry could not exist if it wasn’t for your efforts. I can’t Thank You enough. Our emgergency food request are averaging 4 a week. In 2000 we thought times were bad when we received 3 requests in a month. The need is growing but we have been able to fill that need thanks to your untiring efforts.

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