Posts Categorized: Education & Training

Mother’s Day is Over But Many Mothers Are Struggling to Feed Families

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  This past weekend, many celebrated and paid tribute to their mothers, but for thousands of mothers in the National Capital Region, there wasn’t much to celebrate. Since 2006, hunger in the Washington metro area has increased 25 percent and over 641,000 residents are struggling to get enough food to eat.  After rent, transportation and… Read more »

Sharing Experiences

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Each spring and fall the Food For Kids team organizes Community Forums for the Kids Cafe® and Weekend Bag site leaders that run these children’s food programs.  Fifty-nine site leaders participated in the latest round of Community Forums held on March 24th & 25th.  Special thanks go to Allen Chapel AME Church and Fairlington Community… Read more »

Weekend Bag: Filling Bellies…and Much More

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Article provided by Meleah Boyle, MD Kids Cafe /Weekend Bag Coordinator.  Because so many children in the Washington Metro area rely on the meals distributed at school as a critical part of their health and nutrition, they are often left at risk of hunger over the weekend.  The Weekend Bag Program is intended to fill… Read more »

Cooking Matters Satellite Site Takes Off at Shaw Middle School

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The Capital Area Food Bank has been a long-time partner of Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters – formerly Operation Frontline – program.  This partnership, which provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to make healthier choices and prepare healthier meals, began in 1993 and the demand for Cooking Matters classes has been growing since.  The food bank is projected… Read more »

CAFB Community Partners

Posted by & filed under Education & Training, From the President & CEO.

Fall is upon us and the days are getting shorter.  Although the season’s change, the needs of our neighbors struggling to get enough food to eat remains constant.  The need for the Capital Area Food Bank and our partner agencies is greater than ever.  We are thankful to all of our community partners that have… Read more »

2010 Northern Virginia Hunger Summit

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Today the food bank is holding its Annual Northern Virginia Hunger Summit, which provides interactive forums for individuals and organizations that offer feeding programs or other social services.  The summit will feature the enlightening Bridges Out of Poverty series, a two-part series based on the book of the same name by Dr. Ruby K. Payne and… Read more »

Packed Snacks and Garden Grub

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What fruits and vegetables taste good with peanut butter, yogurt and pizza?  What kinds of produce from the garden make good toppings for a burrito?  Ask one of the 8-12 year-olds who participated in this summer’s Farm Youth Initiative program and they could probably tell you! Through the FYI program, more than 150 children from… Read more »

An AmeriCorps Member’s Reflections

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A goodbye message from our AmeriCorps Patrick O’Leary. Patrick helped to bring Operation Frontine, a six-week cooking and nutrition class that teaches skills and knowledge about eating healthy on a budget. It is hard to believe that almost an entire year has gone by since I first arrived at the Capital Area Food Bank.  Since… Read more »

Every Day ServSafe

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Three weeks ago, partner organizations came together to attend Every Day ServSafe.  The original 8-16 hour food safety course was developed by the National Restaurant Association and gears lessons towards food service operations in restaurants.  Information within the original ServSafe course is really dense and really specific. . . there is an entire chapter dedicated… Read more »

Nutrition Ed Serves Up My Pyramid Salsa at Whole Foods 5% Day

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Nutrition Education served up My Pyramid Salsa at the Whole Foods 5% Day on May 26th. My Pyramid Salsa is a basic mixture 2, 24 ounce jars of salsa, 1 can of corn (drained and rinsed), 1 can of diced peaches (drained and rinsed), 1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed), and 1 ½… Read more »