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4 Ways the Food Bank Prepares for the Holidays

By cafb November 19, 2019

Making way for turkeys.

Starting in October, the food bank brings in thousands of turkeys for its nonprofit partners to distribute to families in need! Many are generously donated by companies like Giant, who donated 2,000 turkeys this year. And demand is high for those birds: all of those donated turkeys were claimed by our partners in under two hours!

 

Serving up holiday staples.

“Traditional holiday meals are an important part of the season, and we want to make sure everyone can partake,” said Austin Hicks, Director of Programs for the DC Region. Last November and December alone, the food bank distributed almost 4,000 pounds of stuffing, 10,000 pounds of cranberry sauce, and 250,000 pounds of sweet potatoes – and we’re on track to do the same this year!

 

Getting more, giving more.

It’s the season of giving, and every year the CAFB feels the love from our local community! From industry and corporate partners to individuals, an uptick in food drives around the holidays helps the food bank provide holiday meals to those in need. This November alone, the CAFB will be part of more than a dozen food drives!

 

Spreading holiday cheer.

Just as the food bank prepares for the holidays, you might also be preparing by finding unique gifts that help spread the joy of the season. One great option is a Capital Area Food Bank holiday card. When you donate in honor of someone this December, the food bank sends a holiday card on your behalf with a custom message to let them know they’re making a difference for their neighbors in need!