What’s the number 34 mean to you? For Capital Area Food Bank, it’s the number of years spent serving the community. After 34 years, CAFB is reaching more people in more locations than ever before, and relying on volunteers to do so. This month, IBM and 100 Black Men of Greater Washington joined forces to ensure the 346 households who arrived at the CAFB’s Maryland Mobile Marketplace left with fruits, vegetables and a special turkey for the holidays.
The Mobile Marketplace is a monthly farmer’s market style produce distribution and it has been just over a year since the CAFB started the program in Prince George’s County. At this market, where over 15% of the population is food insecure, CAFB has consistently provided thousands of households with healthy produce. In addition to providing people at risk of hunger with fresh produce, the Mobile Marketplace connects attendees to community service providers and recipe cooking demonstrations.
The success of a Mobile Marketplace depends on many dedicated volunteers, such as those from IBM and 100 Black Men who are willing to spend four hours of their Saturdays each month to set up the market, pass out food and take down the market.
The CAFB is always in need of volunteers to help staff the Mobile Marketplace. Each Market needs at least 30 volunteers. For those looking to give back, volunteering here is a great way to do so! There are currently a few Mobile Marketplace opportunities in 2015 available. Grab some friends and sign up today!
Thank you for your support IBM and 100 Black Men of Greater Washington!