Hunger in the Nation's Capital - Capital Area Food Bank
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Hunger in the Nation's Capital

By Shamia Holloway September 28, 2011

You don’t have to travel far to witness hunger in America. 

In the shadow of the nation’s capital, hunger can be found in schools, on playgrounds, in assisted living facilities, and more recently in manicured homes of middle-class families.  Here in the Washington metro area, hunger is not distended bellies or sunken eyes – but children who look forward to school, not to learn, but to eat school meals; seniors who have to choose between eating or buying medicine; and parents who work multiple jobs but still struggle to feed their families. 

CBS Evening News recently reported this epidemic in a segment featuring The Capital Area Food Bank and partner agency Children on Mine, Inc.


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We are facing a hunger crisis in the Washington metro area and across the nation. Hunger in our region has increased by more than 25 percent since 2006 and affects 640,000 individuals, including one out of every two children in the nation’s capital. This threatening economy is impacting not only the poor, but the middle class, as well.  

Food is the most basic human right and we must work together to ensure that all have access to quality, nutritious meals – three times a day.  Help the food bank nourish those in need.  To make a donation, please click here.  Or to volunteer, please click here.