The Capital Area Food Bank is proud to join forces with the Association of American Medical Colleges to help ensure children throughout the region have proper nutrition and access to healthful meals daily.
On January 26, 2015, the AAMC generously awarded the CAFB a $10,000 grant to expand its Family Markets program to three new sites in the District. This marks the Association’s second year of support to Family Markets and we are grateful for their continued commitment to those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro region.
Family Markets are monthly market-style distributions that provide over 150 children and families with 30-40 pounds of groceries, including shelf-stable items and fresh fruits and vegetables. Formerly the School Pantry Program, Family Markets are located directly on school grounds in high-need areas, with 50% or more of children qualifying for free and reduced meals – most of the schools where Family Markets are operated have rates of 90% or higher. Family Markets also offer cooking demonstrations, recipes, nutrition tips and other information to help families make better food choices.
Hunger undermines a child’s ability to function and learn, and impacts their mental and physical development. Hunger is also inextricably linked to diet-related illnesses such as heart disease and high blood pressure among adults. By strategically hosting Family Markets at schools in high-need areas, the CAFB is reaching children where they learn and grow, as well as their families who regularly pick-up their children and attend school meetings.
The CAFB is committed to providing more nutritious food, especially fresh produce, to the communities we serve and ultimately contributing to overall health and wellness. We thank the AAMC for playing a role in making this possible!