Akiema’s job helps her pay the family’s bills, but it doesn’t leave much left over for food. She used to worry about how she’d make sure her kids got enough to eat, especially over the summer and after school. Today, though, that’s changed. Read more to learn how.
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Audrey Walker says breakfast is the “key to giving our kids a kick start for the day.” She should know. As Director of Youth Services at Jubilee Housing—one of the Food Bank’s nonprofit partners —Audrey runs the summer camp where kids are provided breakfast and lunch every day through the Capital Area Food Bank summer meals program.
Principal Clint Mitchell recognizes the distant look in children’s eyes when they can’t concentrate, and he knows that an empty stomach is often the cause. When he came on board at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, he got to work making sure his school provided hunger solutions – both during the academic year and the summer months when school is out.
Every day, Cierra Peterson greets each child with a smile as they come through the door at Little Lights, an after-school program that partners with the Capital Area Food Bank to provide nutritious meals to the kids who attend. The daily interactions are special to her, and she knows firsthand how much positive impact it can have on children’s lives.
Providing healthy food to those who need it is an essential part of the food bank’s work, but it’s not the whole story. Pairing that food with education is also important so that people have the ingredients and knowledge to make nutritious, budget-friendly meals. Creating and distributing those recipes, each of which feeds a family of four for $7 or less, is where the food bank’s Nutrition Education team comes in.
Each school day, the food bank helps thousands of kids receive a nutrition meal through our Afterschool Meals program. Learn more about the ways we support bright futures in our area.
Come along with CAFB team member Lauren for a day in the life of a Joyful Food Market – free, school-based markets where kids and parents can select fresh produce and groceries to take home, join in cooking demonstrations, and sample new and delicious fruits and vegetables.
Arisai is working hard, but the earnings from her job don’t always enable her to purchase the kinds of food she’d like to for her son, which can be expensive. That’s why she’s glad that his after care program partners with the Capital Area Food Bank as one of its 2,000 After-School Meals sites.
The Capital Area Food Bank is excited to announce our Digital Food Drive crowdfunder, a new volunteer opportunity aimed at boosting our food supply just in time to provide meals to children and teenagers who will be out of school in a few short weeks.
Just like we do during the school year, we provide nourishing foods like chicken, black-eyed peas, lentils, whole wheat spaghetti, apple sauce, and cereal for families to select together at Joyful Food Markets.