Why I Take Action: Jess Kurti

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Running a marathon is an accomplishment. Running hundreds of them while volunteering and raising awareness about hunger is in a category all its own. Jess Kurti is doing just that through her “Beasts of Burden Challenge,” which included a recent volunteering experience at the Capital Area Food Bank.

Why I Take Action: Cassandra Dryden

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The way Cassandra Dryden sees it, everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, whether they’re seeking education, finding employment, raising children, or meeting any of life’s other challenges. Through her work with a local nonprofit, she’s able to extend that helping hand on a regular basis by leading the organization’s food collection and donation activities.

Managing Bee Populations at the Capital Area Food Bank

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A few lucky staff members had the opportunity to take a Beginning Beekeeping Course at University of DC hosted by the DC Beekeepers Alliance. Our staff learned how to help manage bee populations, which are essential because they pollinate the fruits and vegetables we eat and food for animals which we then consume.

The Divine 9 Volunteer Fellowship Day

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The Capital Area Food Bank recently hosted 40 volunteers who each represented one of the “Divine Nine” original historically black sororities and fraternities. Together, they sorted food items in our warehouse and participated in a Face Hunger session — a hands-on simulation and discussion activity that raises awareness and understanding of hunger.

Recipe of the Month: Spicy Eggplant

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We’re still in the heart of summer, when produce is plentiful. Here at the Food Bank’s Urban Demonstration Garden, we’re growing some delicious veggies all summer long, which are given away to food assistance partners and ultimately make their way to members of the community! But what can you do with this nutritious produce? How about some spicy eggplant!

The Difference An After School Meal Makes

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Akiema’s job helps her pay the family’s bills, but it doesn’t leave much left over for food. She used to worry about how she’d make sure her kids got enough to eat, especially over the summer and after school. Today, though, that’s changed. Read more to learn how.