It’s not too late to support the 27th annual Harvest for the Hungry Spring Forward Food Drive! This year, Safeway, AARP and the Capital Area Food Bank are teaming up in the Washington metro area to collect red reusable bags of groceries for our neighbors in need. The bags are filled with CAFB’s most needed items:
- Elbow Macaroni
- Pasta Sauce
- Stewed Tomatoes
- Corn Whole Kernel
- Green Beans Cut
- Sliced Pineapples
- Tuna Albacore White
- Tuna Chunk Light
Participants are asked to purchase and donate pre-packaged bags of food at Safeway locations throughout the Washington metro area. The bags will be picked up by the Capital Area Food Bank and distributed throughout our community.
The drive comes at a critical juncture for the Capital Area Food Bank and the Maryland Food Bank and the hundreds of soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, schools and other community-based organizations to which they supply food.
For the first time in 27 years, the Harvest for the Hungry Spring Forward Food Drive is without a leader. Larry Adam, founder of the massive year-round food drive known as Harvest for the Hungry, passed away in September at the age of 71. Larry’s energy and commitment to hunger- related issues stemmed from a company-sponsored holiday food drive in 1987. He realized that “hunger doesn’t take a holiday” and that food drives are needed year-round.
All told, Harvest for the Hungry has collected more than 30 million pounds of food for hungry Marylanders and millions of dollars. Under Larry’s leadership, Harvest for the Hungry has collected more than 30 million pounds of food and more than $1 million for hungry children and families.
This weekend, don’t forget to grab a red AARP bag at any Safeway store in the area and add it to the Capital Area Food Bank box in the front of the store. We are proud to continue this food drive in Larry’s legacy!