Mystery donor gives 362 pounds of food to NOVA Kids Cafe!

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Several days ago an anonymous donor brought 362 pounds – an entire cage full – of decorated snack bags for NOVA Kids Cafe sites! Each bag contained an assortment of goodies including water bottle, 100% juice box, fruit cup, nutri grain bar, and several other items.  We sent out 266 bags to 6 sites in… Read more »

The Real Facts on the Soda Tax

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Be Informed:  Get the Facts on the Soda Tax What’s the Issue? 43% of students enrolled in city public schools are overweight or obese — one of the highest rates in the nation The District Government spends more than $400 million annually to treat obesity Childhood obesity causes diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, sleep apnea, heart disease… Read more »

Northern Virginia Direct Food Distribution

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During this economic turmoil more families are struggling to put food on the table and day after day they wonder from where the next meal will come. That is why on the third Thursday of every month, the Capital Area Food Bank distributes canned goods, pasta, cereal, bread, snacks and fresh produce to dozens of… Read more »

Harvest for Health Inspires

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This past March, I sat in on 1 of 3 classes for the Agency Achievement Academy’s Garden Series.  The Garden Series was facilitated by our own, JuJu Harris and Susan Topping.  The goal of the Garden series is to educate community organizations on the basis of starting and maintaining a garden.  JuJu and Susan are… Read more »

Healthy Schools Act: Doing better for District students

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As the Coordinator of the D.C. Farm to School Network, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Councilmember Mary Cheh’s office on a landmark piece of legislation – the Healthy Schools Act.  The Act passed through the final Council vote on Tuesday May 4th.  It now goes on to the Mayor’s desk for his… Read more »

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 »