Family Markets

The food bank operates programs which provide food to children and their families at their school or aftercare provider.

There are nearly 200,000 children and teens at risk of hunger in the Washington, DC metro area. The Capital Area Food Bank provides three specialized food distribution programs to support children and their parents or guardians.

Family Markets are monthly food distributions located in public/charter schools, to help alleviate hunger throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Family Markets seek to educate and empower the families being served. We consistently explore new and innovative ways to enhance each Family Market based on the specific needs of each school’s community and demographic. From cooking demonstrations, urban gardens, nutrition education courses, utility assistance, housing assistance, health initiatives, to resources for high school seniors who may need support with applying for student loans for college, the Family Market provides real access to much needed services.

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.