The People We Serve & Impact We Make

Hunger is here.

In the our region, almost half a million people aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from.

Hunger hurts.
  • 48 percent of households served by the food bank have a family member with high blood pressure, and 22 percent of households served by the food bank have a family member with diabetes (Feeding America, 2014).
  • Compared to food secure seniors, food insecure seniors are 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, 52 percent more likely to develop asthma, and 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure (Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, 2013).
  • Food insecure children are more likely to experience stomachaches, headaches, colds, ear infections, and fatigue. They are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized (Feeding America, 2014).
  • 70 percent of households served by the food bank reported “purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy” food as the common coping strategy to hunger (Feeding America, 2014).
The Capital Area Food Bank
is taking hunger off the map.


32 million meals worth of fruits, vegetables, and groceries were distributed in DC, MD, VA through Food Assistance Partners and Direct Distribution Programs in fiscal year 2018.


Our Food Assistance Partners work on the ground to offer food from the CAFB to neighbors in need; these partners include faith-based organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior programs, and daycare centers.

Weekend Bags FOR KIDS

Weekend Bags
We provide weekly, kid-friendly bags of groceries for children to ensure they have enough to eat when not at school. In FY18, we distributed 225,000 meals to children at 19 sites.


Family Market Sites

Food is offered in schools, market-style, and parents can choose fresh fruits, vegetables and non-perishable healthy groceries, along with recipes to put ingredients to use. We distributed 1.4 million meals in FY18, serving 3,600 households a month at 44 sites.
Mobile Food Program
In partnership with Shoppers, we provide healthy lunches during the summer to children in hard to reach neighborhoods via a customized bus.
Joyful Food Markets
This monthly, pop-up grocery market takes place at schools in DC’s Wards 7 & 8. Each market provides families with healthy, non-perishable groceries and fresh produce. We distributed 650,000 meals in FY18, serving 5,000 children a month at 47 sites.
Kids Summer Feeding Programs
We provide healthy meals and snacks in the summer at sites that include faith-based organizations, camps, and recreation centers. In FY18, we distributed 27,000 meals to children at 136 sites.

Mobile Market Sites
We provide fruits, vegetables, bread, and more at no cost to any resident living in a high-need neighborhood, by delivering to safe, public places for pick-up. In FY18, we distributed 4.4 million meals at 83 sites.

Kids After School Food Programs
We provide free, healthy meals and snacks to students attending after school enrichment programs. In FY18, we distributed 316,000 meals
to children at 136 sites.
Community Marketplace Sites
At this monthly farmer’s market-inspired event, we offer fresh, seasonal produce at no cost; cooking demonstrations and on-site resources
for health, housing, and other services.
We distributed 300,000 meals in FY18, serving 750 households a month at three sites.

Senior Brown Bag Sites
We provide income-qualified seniors with a bag of groceries each month, along with recipes and nutrition education materials. We distributed 683,000 meals in FY18, serving 4,500 seniors a month at 90 sites.

Nutrition Education
Our nutrition education courses teach CAFB food assistance partners and the neighbors they serve about healthy food selection, budgeting, cooking, and growing.
Grocery Plus Sites
We provide eligible DC seniors with a bag of healthy groceries each month. In the summer,
seniors also receive produce vouchers
redeemable at participating farmer’s markets. We distributed 1.5 million meals in FY18, serving 5,000 seniors per month at 76 sites.
Food Near You
The CAFB offers two ways for those in need of services to find the provider closest to them:
1) Call the Hunger Lifeline for personalized recommendations on community food resources:
202-644-9807 (Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM).
2) Enter a zip code HERE for services such as housing, job training, and employment.