After a day of listening to many of the country’s top influencers on topics ranging from protein in the diet to food waste to nutrition, a few of the dots began to connect: while some of our country’s food policies once served us quite well, they don’t anymore.
The facts are not new: those with Type II diabetes have quadrupled in number globally since 1980. Even when you control for a rising population, the number is doubling. The trend that has walloped the United States and Europe is now moving into the developing world almost in direct proportion to the flows and consumption rates of processed foods.
At the Arbor View Apartments in southeast DC, Ms. Clark is on a quiet mission to bring nutritious food to her neighbors who are struggling with hunger, and to boost her community’s health in the process.
In one night, the 13th Annual Blue Jeans Ball enabled the Capital Area Food Bank to provide 875,000 nutritious meals!
The Capital Area Food Bank recently helped to get 13,000 liters of clean water to residents of Flint, Michigan during the water crisis there.
Last year’s WAMU membership campaign helped provide 120,000 wholesome meals to neighbors across Washington and the surrounding Virginia and Maryland suburbs through the Capital Area Food Bank.
How does that happen, you ask?
Are beans, corn flour, and rice among the pantry staples you enjoy cooking with routinely at home? For many of the households served by the Capital Area Food Bank, having access to these healthy foods are key to cooking regularly.
Snow days are many things – an opportunity for winter adventure, a parent’s worst nightmare, a time to catch up on your Netflix queue. But for the vulnerable residents of the Washington, DC region, snow days present a real and present threat.
Fast forward a week to yesterday afternoon, when I found myself walking the aisles of our distribution center with the 60 members of the sweetgreen team who had come to volunteer.
An American Millennial feels more comfortable setting up a Kiva loan to a farmer in Kenya than bringing chicken soup to a neighbor.