Media Coverage 2011

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December 21, 2011 USDA Blog – Then and How, USDA Feeds the Nation

December 19, 2011 TBD All Over Washington – By Bruce DePuyt – Hunger Is an Issue

12/19/2011 Channel 8 News – Lynn Brantley talks about hunger on News Talk
Lynn Brantley, head of the Capital Area Food Bank, talked about how the faltering economy has led to an increase in need for food assistance, and Alex Ashbrook of DC Hunger Solutions discussed a new report highlighting how many area residents lack access to healthy food options.

12/18/2011 Gazette.Net – By Peggy McEwan – Kensington church spreads spuds for the needs
Early on Saturday, a truck carrying 18 metric tons of potatoes is expected to roll into the parking lot of a Kensington church. The Rev. Gini Gerbasi knows just what to do with the equivalent of 8,000 5-pound bags of spuds.

The National Capital Area Food Bank in Washington is second largest, receiving 257, 50-pound bags and the smallest is So Others Might Eat in Washington, which is getting two, 50-pound bags, Robbins said.

12/15/2011 Fox 5 News – White House Honors Lynn Brantley as a Champion of Change
Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of Capital Area Food Bank, was honored as a Champion of Change at a ceremony hosted by the White House.

12/15/2011 Fox 5 News — Learn More about the Capital Area Food Bank
Fox 5 is proud to have Capital Area Food Bank as a partner in its Stuff-A-Truck campaign.

12/10/2011 Examiner – By Emily Babay – With need rising, D.C. charities gear up for busy holiday season
The Capital Area Food Bank has seen already big increases in demand for food, and that’s likely to rise further, spokeswoman Shamia Holloway said. “We always see a spike in demand during the holiday season,” she said.

The food bank saw a 25 percent increase in demand from agencies that distribute its food between 2006 and 2010, she said. From July to September, calls to the agency’s hunger lifeline — which people call for emergency food help — rose 173 percent compared with the same time last year.

12/2/2011 Fox 5 News – Stuff-A-Truck
FOX 5 teamed up with the Capital Area Food Bank again this year for the annual Stuff-A-Truck campaign, and our very own Wisdom Martin and Sue Palka were right in the middle of it all. Wisdom headed to the Hyattsville Station Giant and Sue was at the Greenbriar store in Fairfax.

12/2/2011 Fox 5 News – Stuff a Truck Live Shots
View coverage of the Stuff-A-Truck campaign at Giant food locations in the area.

12/2/2011 Fox 5 News – Stuff a Truck Locations 2011
Help the Stuff-A-Truck effort this year at these DC region locations. FOX 5 is teaming up with the Capital Area Food Bank again this year for the annual Stuff-A-Truck campaign.

11/29/2011 myFoxDC.com – Help Goes Right to the Community in Need – Stuff-A-Truck 2011
When you donate a can of food or money to the Capital Area Food Bank, you may wonder how much of a difference it can make in a community.

11/28/2011 WTTG Fox 5 – Stuff-a-Truck
We want to remind you about our annual stuff a truck campaign.

11/27/2011 WJLA Channel 7 – Washington Business Report
Lynn Brantley from the Capital Area Food Bank tells Rebecca Cooper how she’s keeping a non-profit afloat in recessionary times.

11/25/2011 – 12/1/2011 Washington Business Journal – Executive Profile: Lynn Brantley, President and CEO, the Capital Area Food Bank
Brantley, 69, helped create the food bank 31 years ago “as a missionary sort of thing.” Since then, she has helped build it into a $14.2 million operation with 700 partner groups, serving nearly 500,000 people with upward of 30 million pounds of food — at times, driven in on tractor-trailers and hauled out with shovels. But her biggest wish? There would be no need for her job.

11/22/2011 The Washington Post – By Jeremy Borden — Washington area food pantries strain under swelling demand
Individual giving has made up for lagging corporate dollars, said Page Crosland, Capital Area Food Bank spokesman. In fiscal 2010, corporate giving amounted to $982,000 of $12.5 million total in donations, which includes money from foundations, the government and individuals, Crosland said. In fiscal 2011, corporate giving made up $800,000 of $13.6 million in donations.

“The downward turn the economy has taken has hit a lot of folks hard,” said Marian Barton Peele, senior director of partner relations at the Capital Area Food Bank. “People are really using emergency food pantries more on a regular basis than a monthly basis, and these are regular sources of food for the clients.”

11/11/11 WUSA 9 – Capital Area Food Bank on WUSA-DC (CBS)
The Capital Area Food Bank is building a new $37 million distribution center that will enable it to more than double its capacity to store and distribute food over time.

11/24/11 The Washington Post – By Annie Gowen – Military families join food lines
Lynn Brantley, president and chief executive of the Capital Area Food Bank, said that her organization decided to reach out to local military families last year after getting desperate calls from soldiers on its emergency hunger hotline. Overall, calls for help to the hotline are up 27 percent this year from last year, Brantley said.

11/24/11 The Washington Post – Jeremy Borden – Too Little on Their Plates
“The downward turn the economy has taken has hit a lot of folks hard,” said Marian Barton Peele, senior director of partner relations at the Capital Area Food Bank. “People are really using emergency food pantries more on a regular basis than a monthly basis, and these are regular sources of food for the clients.”

The food bank’s “Hunger Lifeline” is one measure of need. Phone calls to the emergency hotline, which helps callers find immediate aid from partner food pantries, increased about 30 percent over the last year.

11/23/11 CNN — White House Producer Becky Brittain – POTUS and First Family Give Back
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the First Family spent time counting their blessings and serving their community when they visited the Capital Area Food Bank on Wednesday. The president, Mrs. Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha were joined by the First Mother in Law, Marian Robinson, and members of the Oregon State men’s basketball team where they filled reusable grocery bags with produce and even some White House M&Ms.

11/23/11 The Telegraph – Barack Obama Volunteers at Thanksgiving Food Bank
The US President Barack Obama and his family hand out food at a local Food Bank on the eve of Thanksgiving.

11/23/11 USA Today – Obamas Pay Thanksgiving Visit to Food Bank
Motorcade left a chilly, windy, drizzly White House at 4:06 pm. After an uneventful ride, motorcade arrived at the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington at 4:19 p.m. It distributes about 30 million pounds of food per year, according to the White House.

11/10/11 WUSA 9 – Giant to Donate 750 Turkeys to Capital Area Food Bank Monday
Giant Food’s turkey delivery to the Capital Area Food Bank on Nov. 14 will help provide Thanksgiving meals for community members in need.

11/8/11 WUSA 9 – FOOD DRIVE 9 Continues; Give Food To The Hungry
Food Drive 9 will once again team up with the Boy Scouts to go “Scouting for Food.” This effort includes thousands of Boy Scouts and adult leaders. They will distribute more than 800,000 bags to area homes on Saturday, November 5th and return the following Saturday, November 12th to pick them up.

11/4/11 WUSA 9 – Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Donates To Capital Area Food Bank
With food banks and non-profits facing record requests for services, sourcing and providing protein is often a challenge. To help meet the high demand for much-needed protein, Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) today donated hams to the Capital Area Food Bank.

11/1/11 WUSA 9 – Capital Area Food Bank Interview With Danielle Mulak
As the season changes to fall The Capital Area Food Bank really gets busy trying to make sure everyone has a solid meal on the table for the holidays.

11/1/11 WUSA 9 – The Food Bank’s Impact On One Man’s Life
When you visit a big busy facility like the Capital Area Food Bank sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the dramatic impact the food bank can have on an individual’s life.

11/1/11 WUSA 9 – Capital Area Food Bank Needs Your Help
The Capital Area Food Bank is the central hub for distributing food to the hungry in the DC Metropolitan area. It is a massive operation and the need is greater than ever.

11/1/11 WUSA 9 – Food Drive 9 Starts This Week
Anita Brikman was at the National Capital Food Bank. Did you know one is six people in our area is in danger of experiencing hunger? Find out how you can help.

10/28/2011 Gazette.Net – By Jen Bondeson – Filling Grocery Bags and Other Needs: Montgomery Families Learn Where to Get Assistance
The Gazette Members of There’s Hope Christian Church fill bags with produce during a food and resource fair as part of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) Maryland Partnership to End Childhood Hunger. The Oct. 26 event was sponsored by SHARE Food Network in partnership with Capital Area Food Bank and Catholic Charities.

10/26/2011 WUSA 9 – Let’s Be Real: Making A Difference
Last Thursday, the shelves were practically empty. Tuesday, the ACTS food pantry in Dumfries, Virginia was open for business after a truly amazing surge of local generosity. In the days after we reported the food pantry’s dire situation, 6 tons of food and $65,000 in cash poured in to fill up those shelves.

10/21/2011 WJLA News 7 – Dumfries Food Pantry to Reopen Sooner than Planned
A Prince William County food pantry is reopening earlier than planned after receiving a large amount of food and cash donations.

10/20/2011 The Washington Post – By Jeremy Borden – Prince William Food Bank Unexpectedly Reopens
A Prince William County food bank will be able to reopen earlier than expected after receiving a flood of food and cash donations.

10/19/2011 The Washington Post – By Jeremy Borden – Dumfries Food Pantry Temporarily Closes
About 2,000 poverty-stricken people in and around Prince William County, Va., will be without a weekly food supply because of the temporary shut-down of a local food pantry.

9/25/2011 The Washington Post – By Robert McCartney – The $1 Billion Questions: How Can We Create Jobs?
Since November, William Conway has contributed $6 million to the Capital Area Food Bank, which helps feed 480,000 people in our region.

9/22/2011 CBS Nightly News – By Chip Reid – Hunger Epidemic Overshadows America’s Capital
Despite the federal food drive receiving a record amount of donations, a hunger epidemic still plagues the nation’s capital.

8/25/2011 The Washington Post – Editorial – A Generous Gift
An unexpected and generous $1 million donation from William E. Conway Jr. to the Capital Area Food Bank merits celebration.

8/22/2011 The Washington Post – By Isaac Arnsdorf – Capital Area Food Bank to Get $1 Million Donation to Eliminate Fee
William E. Conway Jr., co-founder and managing director of the Washington-based private equity firm the Carlyle Group, said he decided to make the donation after reading a June report that said because of rising food costs, the food bank would start charging its members 10 cents per pound for fruits and vegetables.

8/11/2011 The Washington Post – By Patricia Sullivan – The Buzz
Wal-Mart is donating $3 million to pay for job-training for 2,000 D.C. residents, part of its efforts to open several stores in the District. The store and its foundation have been pouring millions of dollars into local programs and charities: the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Capital Area Food Bank, the Greater Washington Urban League, school nutrition and a grant to help reduce pollution in the Anacostia River

7/5/2011 Silver Spring Patch – By Ben Gross – Fresh Produce Cost May Increase for Local Food Banks
Recently, the Capital Area Food Bank launched a one million dollar campaign to help offset the rising costs associated with acquiring and distributing fresh produce to partner agencies in the local area. “We are in the midst of a hunger crisis here in the Washington area and across this nation,” said Lynn Brantley, president and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank.

6/28/2011 Washingtonian.com – By Kay Steiger – Food Banks to Start Charging for Produce
WTOP notes that Capital Area Food Bank will start charging members 10 cents per pound for produce on Friday thanks to rising food and transportation costs. DC Central Kitchen, meanwhile, says it expects to take a hit, but will continue to serve fruits and vegetables with its meals.

6/27/2011 ABC Channel 7 – By Courtney Robinson – Food bank has to raise $1 million or start charging for produce
The Capital Area Food Bank is trying to raise $1 million by August 1 to avoid charging its partner agencies that pass out food to the needy. The food bank is facing a budget gap of $1 million. President and CEO Lynn Brantley said that rising food and transportation costs has created the shortfall. (note: the August deadline is incorrect.)

6/24/2011 The Washington Post – By Annie Gowen – Capital Area Food Bank to begin charging members for produce (PDF)
For the first time in its history, the Capital Area Food Bank will begin charging its members for fruits and vegetables July 1, adding thousands in unexpected costs for some of the 700 agencies that rely on the organization to feed the region’s hungry.

6/23/2011 Gazette.net – By Ab Brownback – Food Drive Starts NFL Player’s Weekend of Student Service Activities
Usama Young, a Largo native who plays for the New Orleans Saints, kicked off his third annual Stay Focused weekend focused on physical activity and volunteerism with a morning food drive and an afternoon spent sorting and packing goods at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.

5/10/2011 Washingtonian Magazine – By Jane Hess Collins – Get Out and Give Back: Fast Food with the Assistance League of Northern Virginia
With one in six kids at risk of hunger in Fairfax County and one in three kids at risk of hunger in the District according to a recent report by the Capital Area Food Bank, these neighborly gatherings to nourish kids over the weekend are popping up like dandelions.

5/4/20011 Washingrton Life Magazine – By John Arundel – Harth Restaurant recently opened its doors in McLean serving a tasty menu of locally sourced food
Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the CAFB, speaks about the importance of nutritious food at the opening of harth in Tysons Corner offering contemporary American farm-fresh comfort food.

4/18/2011 The Washington Post – The Entrepreneurs – Business Rx: Does DC Diaper Bank Need a Change (in Emphasis)?
Corinne Cannon, entrepreneur founder of the DC Diaper Bank, says, “Already, we’ve forged a relationship with the Capital Area Food Bankm, the area’s largest food pantry distribution network that serves communities throughout the region.

4/12/2011 REVAMP – By Daniel Swartz – Delicious Denim Served-Up at 8th Annual Blue Jeans Ball!
Be sure to check out 52 of our photographs from this event.

4/11/2011 the SCENE BISNOW – F 4 P & Blue Jeans!
Scroll down for photo coverage of the April 10 8th Annual Blue Jeans Ball.

3/30/2011 The Examiner – By Scott Berman – Putting Your Tax Refund to Good Use (PDF)
Tax season is here. Make the world a better place by donating some or all of your refund to a worthy cause. There are thousands of organizations making a difference in the Washington, DC area. For example, the Capital Area Food Bank is one such organization where we regularly volunteer and contribute.

3/29/2011 The Atlanta Post – By Charlotte Young – Study Reveals Blacks Aren’t Getting Enough Food On The Table
There are an estimated 8.4 billion meals missing from the tables of the hungry in America, according to a “Map the Meal Gap” study recently released by Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the US. According to the study, 1 in 4 African American households is food insecure. Brian Banks, Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach, Capitol Area Food Bank says that the study, “helps us focus our response to this overwhelming issue.”

3/24/11 The Washington Post – By Annie Gowen – Next meal elusive for hundreds of thousands of need in D.C. area (PDF)
More than 400,000 Washington area residents experienced periods of hunger and empty cupboards during the recession, including tens of thousands living in some of the country’s most affluent counties, according to a new study released Thursday. The study, “Map the Meal Gap,” used Agriculture Department, 2010 Census and unemployment data for a sweeping county-by-county portrait of hunger in America, from unemployed timber workers in the South to more than 1.7 million residents in Los Angeles with high unemployment and housing costs.

Lynn J. Brantley, president and chief executive of the Capital Area Food Bank, headquartered in Northeast, said that half the people who come for help are working two and three jobs and still can’t pay the bills. The agency distributed a record 30 million pounds of food in 2010, up from 27 million in 2009. “The face of hunger in American is changing,” Brantley said. “They’re coming in because they can’t make ends meet, and they’re embarrassed to go for food stamps.”

3/19/2011 Legal Bis Now – Attorney General Frenzy
VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli took time out from facing gavels in the courtroom to check out this one at the kickoff luncheon for the Virginia Bar Association’s Legal Food Frenzy. He spoke about the need for attorneys to seek leadership roles in their communities. Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, spoke about the increase in hunger.

3/17/2011 WAMU 88.5 FM – Suburban Hunger Problems Start to Rival Needs Inside D.C.
A large donation from Goya Foods is helping twelve area food banks cope with rising demand. The gift, totaling 75,000 pounds was donated to the United Way of the National Capital Area, the Capital Area Food Bank and 12 area food pantries in celebration of Goya’s 75th anniversary. Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the CAFB, said, “I think a lot of the suburban areas are suffering more than even the inner city right now… a lot of people are losing homes and jobs in particular. Fairfax and parts of Northern Virginia have been hit very hard.”

3/14/2001 Washington Life Magazine – By Jane Hess Collins – Get Out & Give Back: Investing in the Food Bank
Paul Wharton, the CAFB Ambassador Against Hunger, and Lynn Brantley, President and CEO, CAFB are featured in a cooking demonstration at the Capital Area Food Bank.

“Food is a big part of showing people that you care,” said Paul Wharton, TV personality and Ambassador Against Hunger for the Capital Area Food Bank. Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the CAFB, said, “Our children are suffering in the economic downturn. Plenty of studies from Tufts University show a link between poor nutrition and a negative impact on children’s ability to learn. The 2010 Census showed that almost half of the District’s children are a risk of hunger, meaning they don’t have access to three nutritious meals a day.”

3/3/11 The Examiner – By Leah Fabel – Soaring food prices cause local belt tightening
Mark Kiriakou, senior food director at the Capital Area Food Bank, said that prices have jumped between 10 and 15 percent since the beginning of February — in part because the food is more expensive, and in part because the transportation is, too. The food bank purchases a portion of its supply to supplement donations and overstock from area grocery stores. “It means that we can’t afford to buy as much food. And if we don’t buy as much, we can’t distribute as much,” said a food bank spokeswoman.

2/18/11 The Washington Examiner – Growing Green in D.C.
As the first hint of spring passes through the metro area, many locals start thinking about gardens, plants and fresh-picked veggies. The Capital Area Food Bank is among the 36 supporting groups.

1/26/11 Fox TV – Stomp Out Hunger
The percussion show “Stomp” is in town at the Warner Theater and paid a visit to the Capital Area Food Bank with Paul Raphel and some of the cast members.

1/6/11 The Chronicle of Philanthropy – D.C. Food Bank gets $5 million from financier and his wife
William E. Conway Jr., co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, a private-equity firm in Washington, and his wife, Joanne donated $5 million to the Capital Area Food Bank through their Bedford Falls Foundation. The donation concluded the CAFB’s $37 million capital campaign to build a new warehouse.

1/4/11 The Afro-American – Economic Times Demand Giving Beyond the Holidays (PDF)
For many people, it’s a way of giving thanks, of acknowledging a sacred season by means of giving back to the community. But philanthropy should not be confined to just the end of the year, advocates say.