Stories of Giving: Richard


Getting out to meet the people who are part of our network of 444 nonprofit partners is one of the best parts of my job!

On a recent visit to a partner that distributes fruits, vegetables, and groceries every week, I got to talking with one of them: a volunteer named Richard Adams. He’s in his 70s and spent 27 years in the U.S. Army before spending 27 more working in public service.

His favorite part about retirement is sleeping in, which he does every day of the week except for one: Thursdays, when he drives the truck to make the weekly pickup from the Capital Area Food Bank.

On those early mornings, he shared, he’s rarely excited to wake up.

US Army Veteran and Volunteer Richard Adams with Site Leader Denise Clyburn

“But,” he told me, “then I think about all the people who need food. Especially the veterans we serve who need food. And it gets me up. It gets me out of bed and into that truck.”

The urge to make sure that families – and veterans less fortunate than he is – get food each week has been motivating him to drive that truck without fail for many years now.

People like Richard remind me that we can all do something to make a difference. Will you help get food onto the table of a person in need by making a generous gift today?

I hope you’ll join us!


Sue Topping
Sr. Director of Partners and Programs