Calling all Volunteers - Capital Area Food Bank
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Calling all Volunteers

By Ellen Mackall December 21, 2015


Volunteer Opportunities

After the season of giving ends, volunteers are still needed at the Capital Area Food Bank! We are especially in need of volunteers on weekdays in January at our DC distribution center, to help sort and pack all of these donations we received over the holidays. Sign your group (up to 65 people) or yourself up today!

  1. Distribution Centers

Date: Many dates throughout the year | Time: 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Location: DC Distribution Center: 4900 Puerto Rico Ave NE 20017
To register, click hereContact:
Location: Northern Virginia Distribution Center: 6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079
To register, click hereContact:

  1. Cooking Matters

Using Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters curriculum, our volunteers empower families to shop and cook healthy meals on a budget. Interested? The volunteer commitment is 3 hours per week for six weeks, and locations vary across the CAFB’s service area (DC, Maryland and Virginia). Please email the Cooking Matters Coordinator at or call (202) 644-9800 ext. 662 if you are interested in any of the following roles. Because many of the clients speak Spanish, bilingual volunteers are encouraged to register.
Nutrition Instructor: The Nutrition Instructor serves as a teacher and role model reinforcing key messages about healthy eating and inspiring participants to adopt healthy eating habits.
Culinary Instructor: The Culinary Instructor serves as a teacher and role model, teaching key skills and inspiring participants to cook healthier, inexpensive meals at home.
Class Assistant: Class Assistants work to assist both the Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor in ensuring that each class runs smoothly so that participants receive the highest quality learning experience.

  1. Community Marketplace

Community Marketplaces are outdoor farmers’ market-style produce distributions that take place on select Saturdays in three locations in the DC metro area. Volunteers will help set up for the market and assist in distributing produce and other food items to neighbors who qualify.
Need: 30- 40 volunteers per site

  • Prince George’s County: Saturday, January 16 | Time: 8:30 am- 12:30 pm | Location: 3600 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD
  • Northern Virginia: Saturday, January 9 and February 13 | Time: 8:30 am- 12:30 pm | Location: 12125 Pinecrest Rd, Reston, VA

To register for either site, click here. Contact:

Food & Fund Drives

  1. Organize a food & fund drive.

Why: The need for food doesn’t stop after the holidays. To get started, click here.

We need your skills!

By sharing your time, and experience with the Capital Area Food Bank, you help us better serve children, seniors and families at risk of hunger in our community. If you want to discuss the best way to Join the Movement, please contact Ellen Mackall at (202) 644-9835.