About Us

Mission. Results. Goal.

The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. CAFB is a member of Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.

The Need

Many of the food bank’s 500 partner agencies report they are seeing a tremendous increase in those seeking food assistance, from 30 to 100 percent. This increase is due to: job loss, the economy, high cost of housing, lack of health care and other issues. The CAFB’s motto is Together we can solve hunger.

CAFB by the Numbers

The Capital Area Food Bank:

  • Annually distributes 42 million pounds of food, equivalent to 35 million meals
  • Of which, 17 million pounds are fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Serves over 500,000 people in the region struggling with hunger
  • Spends 92 cents of each dollar raised for food distribution, transportation and programs