Posts Categorized: Kids

Northern Virginia Kids Cafe Site Does More than Feed Kids

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The Capital Area Food Bank serves 28 Kids Cafe sites throughout Northern Virginia.  Community Lodgings, a Kids Cafe site located in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria, served almost 10,000 meals last year through their after school program.   Community Lodgings also offers a Transitional Housing Program, which was featured in the January 9 “Hero Central” segment… Read more »

Feel Like Making a Difference?

Posted by & filed under Kids, Volunteering, Warehouse.

On Friday, February 17 we hosted a group of young teenagers all the way from Outlook, Canada! We also had a father join us with his two young sons. The volunteers packed 640 Weekend Bags as evidenced in the slideshow below! Why did two such different groups decide to volunteer at the food bank? Read some testimonies to find out: Volunteering is for a… Read more »

Spending Holidays With Kids Cafe®

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Kelly Sajonia is an Ambassador Volunteer for the Capital Area Food Bank. For more on our Ambassador Volunteer Program, click here. The week of Thanksgiving involves a flurry of activity for most Americans as they shop, cook, and decorate for the big holiday. Family and friends come together to share a meal and connect as… Read more »

Integrated Services at Work in Ward 8

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Through funding from Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating in Hard Times Program, the food bank’s community outreach programs are combining education, outreach and capacity building activities with access to fresh produce to our target pilot sites.  This  two-year pilot initiative is focusing on Ward 8 communities and seeks to work closely with our targeted partners to… Read more »

Murals Project

Posted by & filed under Education & Training, Food Distributions, Healthy Eating, Kids, Uncategorized.

For years, I have wanted to find a way to make the youth garden space at Clagett Farm feel more inviting and energized for the young participants of the Farm Youth Initiative program. A mural seemed like a good first step in making that a reality.  Thanks to our friends at Common Good City Farm,… Read more »

The Fruit Party Parfait

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I’d like to share with you all a video that one of our Kids Cafe® sites created of our September Snack Box lesson – the Fruit Party Parfait. Check it out below.   The Snack Box program delivers healthy snack ingredients along with recipes and educational materials to Kids Café sites so that site leaders… Read more »

Nourishing Our Future

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  School is back in session.  Pop quiz!  How many children live in food insecure homes in the United States?   What percentage of children live in food insecure households in Washington, D.C.?  According to the USDA statistics, about 16 million children live in food insecure households.  This means that they don’t know where their next… Read more »

Connecting With the Community

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It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day office and warehouse work needed to ensure that our partners receive their food and supplies in a timely, efficient way.  We enjoy the opportunity to pause from our daily tasks and spend time in the communities that we are working with.  Food bank staff and… Read more »

Free Summer Meals for Children and Teens

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It’s summertime!  As the temperature climbs, children and teens are enjoying summer break.  However, as we all know hunger never takes a break.  Many children and teens rely on school meals and they need to know where to go for meals during this long-awaited vacation from school. The Capital Area Food Bank, along with many… Read more »

Washington Nationals Team Up with the Food Bank!

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For the past three years, the Washington Nationals have partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank to organize food drives during the summer months when our food  donations are typically slow.  But not only do they assist in donating food, the Nats team players put the food where their mouth is and donate their time by volunteering in the… Read more »