Homelessness and food insecurity were never a part of the retirement that Warren, a veteran of the US Army, had envisioned for himself. But when they became his reality, support from the food bank and its partner Access Housing Inc. helped him move toward a new future.
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Pam was all set for a quiet retirement, but life had other plans. When she suddenly became caretaker to family from ages 7 to over 80, she wasn’t sure how she was going to keep food on the table. The support from a local Family Market helped to fill in the gaps.
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.
Tom Wofford has led SAIC’s Hunger Action Month volunteerism events for years. His commitment to hunger relief, however, goes much farther back.
Running a marathon is an accomplishment. Running hundreds of them while volunteering and raising awareness about hunger is in a category all its own. Jess Kurti is doing just that through her “Beasts of Burden Challenge,” which included a recent volunteering experience at the Capital Area Food Bank.
Rob Schulman’s love for gardening brought him to the Capital Area Food Bank. The community he found there, and the knowledge that he’s making an impact for his neighbors, keep him coming back.
A few lucky staff members had the opportunity to take a Beginning Beekeeping Course at University of DC hosted by the DC Beekeepers Alliance. Our staff learned how to help manage bee populations, which are essential because they pollinate the fruits and vegetables we eat and food for animals which we then consume.
The Capital Area Food Bank recently hosted 40 volunteers who each represented one of the “Divine Nine” original historically black sororities and fraternities. Together, they sorted food items in our warehouse and participated in a Face Hunger session — a hands-on simulation and discussion activity that raises awareness and understanding of hunger.
We’re still in the heart of summer, when produce is plentiful. Here at the Food Bank’s Urban Demonstration Garden, we’re growing some delicious veggies all summer long, which are given away to food assistance partners and ultimately make their way to members of the community! But what can you do with this nutritious produce? How about some spicy eggplant!
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.