While gathered around the dinner table with my family for Thanksgiving last week, I looked upon the abundance of food before me that would soon be enjoyed by us all. I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratefulness, happy to be surrounded by so much love…and, so much good food. This happens every year; families come together over food and give thanks for all of their blessings. Sadly, with each passing day, there are hundreds of families in our community who gather together, give thanks for their blessings, but have no food to share.
Hunger is a reality that far too many of our friends, neighbors, and those we have yet to know, experience on a daily basis. The need in the Washington metro area is far greater than one could imagine with nearly 700,000 individuals and families suffering from food insecurity in our own backyard. Annually, over half a million people seek the services of the Capital Area Food Bank where they are able to receive access to healthy and fresh produce, meats, and more. Our network of 500 partner agencies gives us a broader reach to aide our neighbors in all of the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince’s Georges Counties in Maryland. Our staff and volunteers work hard to serve those in need, but it is because of our kind, caring and generous donors that we are able to fill both the hearts and stomachs of those who are struggling with hunger.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to the true spirit of giving. Today, we express how thankful we are for our individual blessings, by giving back to our communities. Just $1 provides 2.5 meals to someone hungry. So, Capital Area Food Bank is asking you to give back to this community. Make your spending on #GivingTuesday really count…together we can bring hope and food to those in need. Together, we can solve hunger.
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