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Arlington County Receives Bronze Hunger Champion Award

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  Blog post submitted by Amy Menzel Arlington County Department of Human Services has worked diligently for many years to bring much needed public assistance benefits to the Arlington community.  Over the last couple of years amidst a challenging economy and increased need for food assistance, Arlington has stepped up to make the SNAP/Food Stamp… Read more »

Local Restaurants Help Fill Empty Bowls

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Blog post submitted by Special Events Coordinator Anne-Lise Cossart   New England clam chowder.  Vegetarian chili.  Zesty chicken tortilla soup.  The tantalizing smell of dozens of soup kettles wafts through the room.  This is just a sample of what guests will experience at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Annual Empty Bowls event on Wednesday, October 19 at the… Read more »

Empty Bowls in DC

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Blog post written by Special Events Coordinator Anne-Lise Cossart   Shaping clay with their hands, firing up kilns, and selecting dazzling colors and glazes, local artists have been spinning their pottery wheels to create unique bowls taking on a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  These artists and many of their students have been working… Read more »

NOVA Hunger Summit Provided Opportunities for Learning, Networking and Nourishment

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“Our Community, Our Voice: Advocacy tools for the Busy Nonprofit” was the subject of the Capital Area Food Bank’s annual Northern Virginia Hunger Summit held Sept. 30 at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria. In addition to the 150 participants representing emergency feeding programs from Virginia, DC and Maryland, three Virginia elected representatives spoke and… Read more »

Virginia Legislators Help Pack Bags for Seniors in Need

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  The Capital Area Food Bank recently teamed up with The Virginia Federation of Food Banks to bring Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Virginia State Delegate Mark D. Sickles to CAFB partner agency ALIVE Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia.  The Governor and Delegate Sickles volunteered packing food as a part of the state wide legislator volunteer day for… Read more »

Nourishing Our Future

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  School is back in session.  Pop quiz!  How many children live in food insecure homes in the United States?   What percentage of children live in food insecure households in Washington, D.C.?  According to the USDA statistics, about 16 million children live in food insecure households.  This means that they don’t know where their next… Read more »

Hunger in the Nation’s Capital

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You don’t have to travel far to witness hunger in America.  In the shadow of the nation’s capital, hunger can be found in schools, on playgrounds, in assisted living facilities, and more recently in manicured homes of middle-class families.  Here in the Washington metro area, hunger is not distended bellies or sunken eyes – but… Read more »

Campaign Extended

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The Capital Area Food Bank’s recently announced Fresh Produce Campaign has just received a $1 million dollar gift from William E. Conway, Jr. and his wife, Joanne, through their charitable trust, The Bedford Falls Foundation. Mr. Conway is co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group. The donation will enable the food bank to continue… Read more »

Farm Youth Initiative in Full Swing

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In the classroom and out on the farm, kids are learning why it’s better to opt for a fresh apple when choosing snacks. We just finished our eighth week of the Farm Youth Initiative and despite this summer’s heat, our kids seem to love getting out of the city to visit Clagett Farm.  A joint… Read more »