Grow A Row Off to a Very Ex-“seedingly” Good Start!

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We are really excited this year about the buzz around gardens. From the White House garden and the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to the recent Community Food Security Panel, there has been talk locally and nationally about urban gardening. Here at the Capital Area Food Bank we have had a dramatic increase in the… Read more »

Take the next step in Volunteering

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Every Saturday, the Capital Area Food Bank hosts over 100 (sometimes over 200!) volunteers to sort and pack food in our DC warehouse. Volunteering at the food bank is a hands on and rewarding experience, which is why over 12,000 people volunteer with us each year. Our volunteers are an essential part of our operations,… Read more »

Capital Campaign: Generous new gifts despite economy

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In this economic climate, it can be difficult for many individuals and companies to find any wiggle room at all in their budgets, particularly for charitable giving. But in recent months, a handful of individuals and corporations have nonetheless chosen to made generous gifts to support the food bank’s ’Til No One Is Hungry capital… Read more »

The Capital Area Food Bank Needs Food

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Food Donations Have Slowed For the past couple of weeks, the Capital Area Food Bank has seen nonperishable food donations decline.  This seems to be a seasonal phenomenon where donations soar from the fall months through the winter, but decline from spring into summer.  Hunger takes no vacation, so we need your help.  You can… Read more »

Denim, Dining & Dancing ~ Recipe for Success!

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                                                                                            If you were not at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in your denim on March 28th for the 7th Annual Blue Jeans Ball – you missed a tasty event!  The ball was in a new location this year and I think it worked in our favor!  The guests seemed to enjoy the savory dishes,… Read more »

Community Forums

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The Food For Kids Department just finished up our spring Community Forums! We had two great days of meetings and as usual learned just as much from our sites as they hopefully learned from our presentations. Throughout the morning we discussed snack and supper options, new reporting forms, upcoming training opportunities and new resources that… Read more »

Basic Gardening

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“I want one of these for Mother’s Day.”  So spoke Angela, a participant at the A3 Basic Gardening Class as she hefted a cordless power drill.   Hands-on construction of wooden raised beds, the sowing of a container garden, and a discussion about compost techniques were just a few of the highlights of Tuesday’s A3 class. … Read more »

Shepard Fairey Art Supports Food Banks

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Be on the lookout for Hunger Awareness billboards in the D.C. metro area featuring art by Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the red, white and blue print of President Barack Obama while he was running for office. Fairey, a renowned contemporary artist has created an original piece of art (featuring his daughter) for Feeding America… Read more »

Blue Jeans Ball – 2 Days Away

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This year you can follow what’s going on at the Blue Jeans Ball via Twitter by searching for the hashtag #bluejeansball. Our friends at iStrategyLabs will be using  12seconds.tv to grab quick insights from attendees about how an event like the Blue Jeans Ball impacts the issue of hunger. These insights will be automatically tweeted out… Read more »

30 Things Our Board Chair Loves About the Capital Area Food Bank

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In honor of the CAFB’s 30th Anniversary, I’ve come up with the 30 things I love about the food bank: Our dedicated staff.  A lot of people work for a paycheck.  These people work for a cause, and one they truly believe in. Our board of directors.  I am often amazed at the time, effort and energy… Read more »