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Rooted in Community, “Grow a Row” Sprouts Promise of New Connections

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Sometimes a really good idea is born out of such simplicity; all it takes is a little spark. Here in the Harvest for Health department of the Capital Area Food Bank we concentrate on getting fresh produce to the people who need it. This year, a beautiful idea sprouted into a program new to the… Read more »

Welcome to The Capital Area Food Bank

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Welcome to the Capital Area Food Bank’s new website. We are excited about improving the look and feel, ease of use and information shared on this site. It has been in the works since last spring and has truly been a journey. Numerous people on the food bank’s staff spent countless hours strategizing, analyzing and… Read more »

Living on $3.78

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Imagine you experience hunger and food insecurity. What am I asking you to imagine? I’m asking you to imagine that you’re running out of food and you can’t buy more food. Not because you don’t have time to go to the store, but because you don’t have the money to go to the store. You don’t have the option of grabbing something to eat at a cafe or a fast food restaurant. You won’t be able to eat until you receive credit on your EBT card (this has replaced paper food stamps) or until you are allowed to get food at a food pantry (eat pantry has a policy about how often one may get food). What would you do? Educating individuals how to better spend the money they do have is part of the answer, but it’s not the whole answer.

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

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Here’s a look at life in the office. The Capital Area Food Bank recently acquired a Flip Camera. Next week we’ll be bringing the camera to the classroom so that you can get a closer look of the fun we have while cooking. Stay tuned!

January 19th Make it a Day On!

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Share Our Strength has launched a brand new campaign to raise funds to help end childhood hunger. “Operation No Kid Hungry” responds to President-elect Obama’s call to action to end childhood hunger by 2015. 1.Donate by text. Text “SHARE” to 20222 on your mobile device to donate $5. AT&T will match all text donations up… Read more »

Quality Time in the Kitchen

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During the last week of October, Operation Frontline DC started its first ever satellite series with the Bridges Program of Guilford Elementary School. Guilford is located in Howard County, a region not typically served by the Capital Area Food Bank. However, when I joined a meeting formed by a group of enthusiastic and dedicated collaborative… Read more »

Who Knew Greens Could Taste so Good?

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I’m serious about the title to this entry. I’m not a greens eater. Never grew up eating greens. I know some of you are now asking yourselves what kind of mother I had. Kind of funny actually because my mother is a very healthy cook. However, now that I’m older (and I’d like to think… Read more »

Making Education Come to Life

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By Angela Leone, Operation Frontline Assistant Coordinator, AmeriCorps National Direct I first learned about Operation Frontline in 2005 when I was exploring career paths. From that moment I knew I wanted to be involved with Operation Frontline either as an AmeriCorps member or a future volunteer. Flash forward. In May 2008 I graduated from Indiana… Read more »

It’s Time to Say Goodbye

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I think it’s only fitting that we say goodbye and good luck to Ona on the Blog she created. Ona, a true Blogger at heart and an avid reader of all Blogs related to cooking, came up with the idea to make an Operation Frontline Blog a few months ago. Though I was admittedly skeptical… Read more »

Putting the Market into the Food

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by Ona Balkus, Operation Frontline DC Assistant Coordinator, Americorps VISTA In the remarkably pleasant weather on Saturday (a cool breeze during DC July is an invaluable resource), Eric, Betina, and I headed down to the Ward 8 Farmer’s Market for the 3rd class of this series. If I was asked to design a theoretically perfect… Read more »