A Year of Giving Back: 12 Ways to Help in 2024 - Capital Area Food Bank
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A Year of Giving Back: 12 Ways to Help in 2024

By Josh Mays January 1, 2024

A new year is underway. Kick off 2024 with this at-a-glance guide for how to help people in your community each month of the year:


In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, create your own “Day of Service” by grabbing some friends and signing up for a volunteer shift.


Sign up for our newsletter to receive stories and updates from the communities we serve. You’ll learn how hunger is affecting our community, and how you can be part of the solution.


Volunteer at a Community Market to get a hands-on experience right in your community! Each month, our Community Marketplaces in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland provide nutritious items in high-density neighborhoods with high rates of food insecurity.


One of the best ways to help people during National Volunteer Month is to find and sign up for a shift to pack boxes in the CAFB warehouse. Each box provides enough food to provide meals to a family of four for up to five days!


Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date with exciting happenings at the food bank and ways to give back throughout the summer.


Become a monthly donor to the food bank.  Your monthly gift can transform lives by making it possible for a child to focus in school, for a mom to make it through her night shift and pay her family’s bills, and for a senior citizen to avoid life-threatening illnesses.


Volunteer in the CAFB’s half-acre Urban Demonstration Garden. At the height of the growing season, garden volunteers are invited to get their hands dirty helping to maintain the garden, harvest seasonal crops, and prepare for the season ahead.


Invite your company, faith-based community, or other group to walk in the shoes of someone experiencing hunger by participating in our virtual Face Hunger Workshop™. This unique experience offers a glimpse into the daily realities and impossible choices of someone confronting food insecurity.


Take action for Hunger Action Month. Join us in learning about and spreading awareness of hunger in our country and local communities. Sign up to receive the food bank’s Advocacy Alerts, and spread the word to your social media followers on ways to help those who are struggling.


Bring your company, faith-based community, or other group to volunteer together. You’ll make lasting memories, build team comradery, and ensure good food reaches the tables of your neighbors who need it!


Help the food bank prepare for the holidays by hosting a digital food drive. In just five easy steps, you can engage your community from far and wide to help provide meals for thousands of people in our region.


Give a one-of-a-kind holiday gift: hope for neighbors struggling with hunger. When you donate in honor of a friend or family member during the holiday season, your generosity becomes a thoughtful and unique way to show you care for both your loved one and for our community.