Posts By: cafb

What to Do With Your Urban Garden Harvest

by & filed under Farms & Gardening, nutrition, Wellness.

If you’ve had a chance to follow along on the blog in the last couple of months, you may have already learned how to create your very own urban container garden and what you can plant in it. This month, if your garden is reaching full bloom, the next question is: “What can I do with all this food?”

Focusing on Food and Family: Justin’s Story

by & filed under Programs, Uncategorized.

When Justin came to the United States from Ghana nine years ago, he dreamed of working hard and building a family. That dream came true as he gained employment in the food industry, got married, and had three children. But with a growing family came a growing budget, and that budget soon stretched to its limits.

How One School Principal Turned His School into a Year-Round Hunger Solution

by & filed under Kids, NOVA, Programs.

Principal Clint Mitchell recognizes the distant look in children’s eyes when they can’t concentrate, and he knows that an empty stomach is often the cause. When he came on board at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, he got to work making sure his school provided hunger solutions – both during the academic year and the summer months when school is out.

Greeting Kids with a Smile and a Snack: Cierra’s Story

by & filed under Kids.

Every day, Cierra Peterson greets each child with a smile as they come through the door at Little Lights, an after-school program that partners with the Capital Area Food Bank to provide nutritious meals to the kids who attend. The daily interactions are special to her, and she knows firsthand how much positive impact it can have on children’s lives.

What to Plant in Your Urban Garden

by & filed under Farms & Gardening.

We’re in the heart of spring, and summer is on the way! Last month, we taught you how to create your very own urban container garden. Container gardening is an easy way to grow vegetables, especially when you lack yard space. But what can you grow in it? Come find out!

Cooking Dinner is a Family Pastime: Michelle’s Story

by & filed under Healthy Eating.

Michelle, a single mother of three whose family participates in the food bank’s Family Markets program, has always believed in the power of nutrition. She strives to put a balanced meal on the table every night, and she’s always loved to cook—meat, fish, beans, veggies, lentils. The food bank’s Family Market program helps her do that.

5 Amazing Things Our Volunteers Helped Accomplish

by & filed under Volunteering.

Volunteers are the beating heart of the Capital Area Food Bank. They’re on the front lines of the distribution process every day. Volunteers provide the essential first step in getting food flowing to the men, women, and children we serve in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. In honor of National Volunteer Month, here are five amazing things our volunteers helped accomplish this past year!

Inside Look: How Fighting Hunger Also Helps the Planet

by & filed under Food Waste.

In a land of abundant food, there is also abundant waste. In fact, 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten. To be a part of the solution to this problem, the food bank has made reducing food waste a core tenant; it’s part of our organizational DNA. Here are a few ways the food bank works to reduce food waste and help more people get access to the nutritious food they need.

Why You Should Build Your Own Urban Container Garden

by & filed under Farms & Gardening.

Spring is here, and with it comes the food growing season here in our area. One of the ways we grow plants at the food bank is through urban garden plots. These plots are great tools for growing veggies in a city environment, and are another way to provide food for the community!