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  • June 2, 2021

    Serving Our World and Supporting Our Local Communities

    As a 35-year hospitality professional who grew up in food and beverage, Elaine Richard already had great respect for the work of food bank. When she was asked to join the board of directors, she jumped at the opportunity. At the time, she didn’t realize that her purpose in supporting the food bank would change in a matter of weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges.

  • May 5, 2021

    Leaving A Legacy of Caring: Why the Luxes are Making A Planned Gift

    Planned giving is visionary thinking. It means that, as a donor, you can help the food bank meet future needs that may not occur during your lifetime. A planned gift can also save money spent on taxes, increase your spendable income, preserve your assets, allow you to continue to use your assets during your lifetime. Two of the food bank's visionary donors, Jayne and Warren Lux, recently shared why they planned for the future with the food bank in mind.

  • April 10, 2021

    Volunteer Spotlight: Q & A with Jan Augustine

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of amazing and dedicated individuals have stepped up selflessly to ensure that their neighbors don’t go hungry amidst rising rates of unemployment and food insecurity. We spoke with Jan Augustine, a long-time CAFB donor who recently began to volunteer with us, to learn what motivates her to lend a helping hand for her neighbors in need.

  • April 8, 2021

    “We knew we needed to keep the pantry open”: CCF’s Pandemic Story

    Twice weekly, the Capital Christian Fellowship (CCF) opens its doors to feed their Maryland community. In addition to the variety of services the church provides, the CCF partners with the food bank to stock their in-house food pantry with fresh produce and staple ingredients. The food bank spoke to Executive Pastor Akeia Rossiter about how the Fellowship adapted to the challenges of the pandemic, kept its doors open, and served more families than ever before.

  • March 25, 2021

    Views from the Curb: Introducing Curbside Groceries

    For many residents of DC’s Ward 8, limited stores and numerous transportation hurdles make healthy and affordable groceries hard to access. Our Curbside Groceries truck has set out to help change that by providing a full market basket of goods year-round on a store that’s mobile. DeJuan Mason, manager of the food bank’s new Curbside Groceries initiative and a 5-year resident of Ward 8, recently took time to share details about how she and her team are bringing new grocery options to her community, and what she loves about the job.

  • March 15, 2021

    “When your time comes, you can respond and step up”: Food For All’s Pandemic Story

    For over 30 years, a local nonprofit and Capital Area Food Bank partner, Food For All has been working to deliver groceries to those in need across the DC region. Like so many food bank partners, they’ve seen the need for emergency food skyrocket in the DC community over this last year of the pandemic. In just a matter of months, Food For All went from serving 140 households per week to serving over 3,4000 households per week.

  • March 11, 2021

    From Helping Others to Needing Help Themselves

    Up until last March, Gabriel and Constancia Merrill had both worked for an organization that brought food to seniors in Washington, D.C. They had never needed food assistance before, but the pandemic caused them to lose their jobs due to curbed operations. For the Merrills, and so many impacted by the pandemic, receiving emergency food boxes helps them to stretch their available resources and make ends meet each month.