Family Markets

Family Markets are monthly no-cost, market style grocery distributions located in public/charter schools, designed to make it easy for families in need to bring home food and groceries right from the place where children already go each day.

At many Family Markets, the food bank partners with other organizations to provide additional services based on the specific needs of each school’s community and demographic, including cooking demonstrations, urban gardens, nutrition education courses, utility assistance, housing assistance, health initiatives, and resources for high school seniors who may need support with applying for student loans for college.

Looking To Participate?

Currently, the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) Family Market program serves 44 schools with students [at least 50% of the student body] that must qualify for free or reduced school meals. The Family Market is a no cost option for families with children in attendance at each given school. Our goal is to distribute at least 35 pounds of goods to each participating family, 50% of which is fresh produce, and the other 50% shelf stable items.

Looking To Become A Partner?

The Family Market Program currently partners with companies and organizations such as CSNI (Sponsors of the South Lake Elementary School FM), DC Central Kitchen, MedStar DC, Pepco, Seva Truck, University of Maryland (UMD) TRIO’s program, UMD Department of Extensions, and United Healthcare. It is our hope that we continue to build strong partnerships with local, and national organizations that would like to aid in the fight against food insecurity in the Washington DC metropolitan area.