Local Companies Help Take Hunger Off the Map - Capital Area Food Bank
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Local Companies Help Take Hunger Off the Map

By Ashley Hieb November 2, 2015

This fall, 30 companies in the Washington metro area provided the equivalent of 100,000 meals to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger in our community. Harris Teeter, Cardinal Bank and Car2Go sponsored the first-ever #FilltheBowl challenge benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank, which ran September 1 – October 16 and raised $40,000.


Companies were challenged to create online teams and compete by purchasing customized, farmhouse-style bowls custom-made for the CAFB. Corporate employees purchased bowls as holiday gifts, as an incentive to participate in jeans days and golf tournaments, and even as prizes for a team bowling night.

One Fill the Bowl Challenge participant remarked, “I’ve had my financial problems before, but never to the point where I didn’t have food. I’m happy to help, in any way I can.”

The goal of the challenge was to raise funds for the food bank, awareness about hunger in the region and to continue conversations about hunger that began at the food bank’s regional Empty Bowls events.

Prizes for top-selling groups were generously provided by Cabot Creamery, From the Farmer, Misfit Juicery, Zenful Bites, Gordy’s Pickle Jar and Fruitcycle.

Here are the winners of the 2015 #FilltheBowl Challenge:

Fill the Bowl Challenge Winner: CustomInk

Per Capita Winner: Solution Street | Nest DC

Online Engagement Winner: Keller Williams Capital Properties Fairfax

Founder’s Award: Cardinal Bank

Thank you to all the participants who helped make the 2015 Fill the Bowl Challenge a success:

Harris Teeter | Cardinal Bank | Car2Go | Cabot Creamery | Gordy’s Pickle Jar | Zenful Bites | From the Farmer | Misfit Juicery | Fruitcycle | CustomInk | Keller Williams Capital Properties Fairfax | Keller Williams Capital Properties Bethesda | Keller Williams Capital Properties DC | Safelite Auto Glass | Safeguard Properties | Solution Street | National Education Association |     Nest DC | Protiviti | FHI 360 | Miller’s Supplies at Work | PwC | Marriott International |      Hanover Research | Summit Group | The Kenrich Group | DC Hotel Collection | Washington Business Journal | Washington’s Green Grocer

If you missed out on the Challenge this year but want your company to sign up next year, contact Ashley Hieb at ahieb@capitalareafoodbank.org to learn more or visit our website here. Check out our Facebook album to see all the community members who supported us this fall.