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!