Food Insecurity Workshop and Simulation | Capital Area Food Bank
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What’s it like to walk in the shoes of someone experiencing hunger? Our Face Hunger™ Workshop offers a glimpse into the daily realities and impossible choices of someone confronting food insecurity.

Hunger: up close and personal

To help our donors, volunteers, and visitors better understand the challenges faced by those who are food insecure, we offer our Face Hunger™ Workshop. During this hands-on simulation, you’ll assume a new identity and work to overcome obstacles to providing food for you and your family. Moving and eye-opening, this session is a good choice for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of hunger in the United States, and in our region, specifically.

If you’re kicking off a food drive, joining us as a volunteer, or interested in helping solve hunger in other ways, we invite you to take part.

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What you can expect

Frequently asked questions

Schools, universities, community and professional organizations, and workplace and faith-based groups. The workshop is most appropriate for groups of 15 people or more, ages 12 and older.

The location is flexible, and can take person virtually or in person. Many groups choose to participate at our facility in Northeast D.C., as part of a tour, volunteering, or another activity. We can also hold the program at your site.

The full program takes approximately 90 minutes but can be tailored in length and scope to meet the needs of specific groups. Through the simulation, participants “become” individuals struggling with hunger as they face many of the challenges that hundreds of thousands of people in the Washington metro area experience every day.

While there is no fee for the workshop, we suggest organizations consider making a donation of $2,500 to help support our mission to feed our neighbors in need.

“The workshop was spectacularly different than what I had expected. It brought up a lot of internal thought and reflection on my own upbringing.”

Face Hunger participant