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  • May 19, 2021

    Voices of Advocacy: Shonnie Jones

    Shonnie Jones’s passion is helping people. She believes that empowering families through food access and security is central to improving the lives of families in her community and furthering equity in the D.C. area. As a member of our Client Leadership Council, Shonnie hopes to become a more effective advocate for her family and community.

  • March 10, 2021

    Voices of Advocacy: Joussell Lopez

    Joussell Lopez was a young teenager when he emigrated from Nicaragua to the United States to be with his family. Now, he’s in his last semester at Northern Virginia Community College before he’ll transfer to George Mason University. He’s passionate about ensuring others have access to the same educational opportunities - and have access to enough food to be successful in school. That's why he's become a member of the food bank's Client Leadership Council.

  • January 21, 2021

    CLC Behind the Scenes: Learning from Amy Jo Hutchinson

    As part of the food bank's Client Leadership Council, members hear from experienced advocates from across the region who have used their perspectives and experiences with food insecurity to raise their voices for change. In January, the Council kicked off 2020 with a special visit from seasoned advocate Amy Jo Hutchinson.

  • December 18, 2020

    Voices of Advocacy: Shauna Gray

    Shauna Gray has taken care of people for most of her life—first as a home health aide, and then as a caretaker for family members. Now, she feels driven to keep her community safe and fed. She's getting started on that work as part of the CAFB’s Client Leadership Council (CLC), a group of like-minded individuals taking part in a ten-month advocacy training program aimed at empowering them to serve as effective agents of change.

  • November 11, 2020

    Voices of Advocacy: James Littlejohn

    As a veteran who has experienced homelessness and food insecurity, James Littlejohn understands what it means to keep persevering in tough circumstances. He also knows how important it is to connect people with the resources they need. And as a member of the Capital Area Food Bank’s 2020 Client Leadership Council, his goal is to use his unique perspective to advocate for more funding to go to resources that serve our society’s most vulnerable.

  • October 22, 2020

    Voices of Advocacy: Vanessa Pierre

    Vanessa Pierre has lived in White Oak, a neighborhood in Silver Spring, Maryland, for four years. In that short time, she’s made her mark advocating for access to healthy and affordable food — and the resources to grow it — in her community. She’s among the new members of the CAFB's Client Leadership Council (CLC), a group of like-minded individuals from across the food bank's service area taking part in a ten-month advocacy training program aimed at empowering them to serve as effective agents of change in their communities.

  • September 25, 2020

    Voices of Advocacy: Odessa Davis

    The CAFB Client Leadership Council brings together people with an array of perspectives and experiences from across the region, and seeks to empower members through a ten-month advocacy training program. We spoke with Odessa Davis, one of the CLC's newest members, to learn what inspires her to raise her voice for change