Taking Hunger off the Map through Advocacy
Providing nourishing food to our community is a first step toward solving hunger, but it is not the only step. At the root of hunger is poverty. Poverty forces our neighbors to choose between meals for their families and a safe place to call home, between the nutrients they need to thrive and the medicine they need to heal.
Undoing poverty requires collaboration, coordination, and action. At the food bank we employ these approaches in our advocacy. Advocacy is the means by which the food bank raises awareness and mobilizes support for solving hunger, enhancing economic security, and promoting health and well-being.
As an advocate, the food bank:
- Educates the community and public officials on the causes and consequences of hunger;
- Enhances and accelerates policies that impact hunger, strengthen the safety net, and improve outcomes for low-income individuals; and
- Empowers food assistance recipients and the broader community to serve as advocates on behalf of the food bank and its mission.
Our Advocacy Partners
Strong partners are key to our advocacy efforts. The Capital Area Food Bank collaborates with diverse community-based organizations throughout the Greater Washington Region to effect change:
In Washington, D.C.: The Fair Budget Coalition, The Senior Advisory Coalition, DC Hunger Solutions
In Prince George’s and Montgomery County, Maryland: The Prince George’s County Food Equity Council, The Montgomery County Food Council, Maryland Hunger Solutions
In Northern Virginia: The Federation of Virginia Food Banks, The Greater William Food Council, The Greater Prince William Human Services Coalition
In all regions: Feeding America