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Capital Area Food Bank

Good food today. Brighter futures tomorrow.

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The Capital Area Food Bank leads our region’s efforts to provide good, healthy food to people struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Each year, we source and distribute the food for over 30 million meals.

How we’re helping people in need

Together with over 450 local partners, we’re providing the food people need to thrive today. We’re also working with partners to pair food with services that can create permanent pathways out of hunger tomorrow.

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Providing Good Food To Help Today.

Distributing Food Where It’s Needed Most

With the help of farmers, wholesalers, restaurants, community members, and others, we source the food for over 30 million meals each year. And thanks to our hundreds of partners in the community, we’re able to get that food to the individuals and families who need it most.

Nonprofit Distribution Partners Direct Distribution Programs

450+ Food Assistance Partners

Creating Hunger Solutions for Tomorrow.

While food is essential, we know it takes more than food to solve hunger. Employment, health, housing, and other issues can all contribute to the conditions that cause food insecurity. If we’re going to solve hunger, we have to address its root causes. Which is why we’ve developed programs and partnerships designed to help people meet their food needs today while also getting access to services that can help them build paths out of food insecurity tomorrow.

Nutrition Education

Good nutrition helps people thrive. So nutrition is at the core of our mission.

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Farms & Gardening

From nearby farms to backyard gardens, we’re committed to helping people get the produce they need for good health.

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Food+ Partnerships

We partner with organizations that provide skills training, health screenings, financial advice, and more to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity.

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Food has the power to transform lives.

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They gave us more than food—they gave us hope.

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Events & Campaigns

  • 2019 Empty Bowls Bethesda

    Please join us on Monday, November 4 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD for the 12th Annual Empty Bowls lunch series!   Empty…
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  • A Party Against Hunger

    You could spend a regular day making an impact in so many ways: Donate your lunch fund when you #skiplunch; Make your next birthday, bar/bat mizvah, or any get together…
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From Our Blog

  • Doing More – and Better – for Seniors

    As Congress reconvenes this week, the Capital Area Food Bank turns our attention and support to the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). Since 1965, the OAA has provided…
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  • A New Perspective on Hunger

    by Gabby Statia, 2019 Hunger Lifeline Intern The Capital Area Food Bank is basically in my backyard. But before I interned for them, I didn’t know what hunger truly looked…
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