News Releases 2011

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12/8/11 – PR Agencies Raise Food and Funds for CAFB
Area public relations agencies Edelman, Hill & Knowlton, Ketchum, Fleishman-Hillard and Ogilvy hosted a food drive challenge to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Firms challenge each other to donate the most goods per capita, assigning point values to CAFB’s most wanted list of goods. This is the fourth year of the food drive competition.

11/23/11 – President Obama and Family Volunteer at CAFB
When a group of low-income seniors and children from throughout the region visited the Capital Area Food Bank the day before Thanksgiving, they were stunned and delighted to find President and Mrs. Obama and member of their extended family packing and distributing bags filled with special
holiday food.

11/17/11 – Capitals Defenseman John Carlson Volunteers at CAFB
The Washington Capitals, Volkswagen, Comcast SportsNet, Mix 107.3 and the Capital Area Food Bank are teaming up to host a canned food drive at the Caps game Wednesday, Nov. 23, against the Winnipeg Jets.

11/14/11 – ShopRite Hosts Bowling Invitational Supporting Turkey Donation
In honor of ShopRite Partners In Caring’s Annual Turkey Donation, representatives from Baltimore and Washington D.C. have been invited to participate in ShopRite Partners In Caring’s first annual Maryland Turkey Bowling Invitational.

11/12/11 – Local Scout Council, CAFB, WUSA9-TV, Safeway and The Washington Examiner team up and launch 25th annual food drive to help end hunger
With area food demand up 25 percent, Boy Scouts today traveled 16 counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia to collect bags full of food that will help nourish the area’s hungry.

10/28/11 – Arlington County Department of Human Services receives 2011 Hunger Champion Award
Lynn Brantley made the announcement today.

10/19/11 – CAFB Hosts Empty Bowls
The Capital Area Food Bank is responding to a 25 percent increase in the demand for food assistance by hosting its 4th Annual Empty Bowls – a one-day fundraiser designed to shed light on the issue of hunger.

10/12/11 – CAFB hosts community screening of Sesame Street special dealing with hunger in America
Screening features portions of Sesame Street’s primetime special featuring Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley and the Muppets.

9/30/11 – CAFB sponsors Northern Virginia Hunger Summit
The summit at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria will provide CAFB partner agencies with practical training on how to advocate on behalf of their clients a and their programs.

9/27/11 – Federation of Virginia Food Banks and CAFB recognize September as Hunger Action Month
VA Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will volunteer at ALIVE! food pantry.

9/22/11 – Federal employees donate a record 5.7 million pounds of nonperishable food items nationwide.
Capital Area Food Bank hosted 3rd annual Feds Feed Families food drive kick off.

9/13/11 – Brad Paisley, WMZQ and Live Nation ask fans to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank at Sept. 24 concert at Jiffy Lube Live
With food bank shelves critically low and Washington area residents suffering from hunger, Brad Paisley will help the CAFB feed those in need.

8/23/11 – CAFB hosts topping out ceremony for Bedford Falls Foundation Distribution Center
The CAFB celebrates a milestone in the construction of its new 125,000 square foot food distribution center

7/6/11 – Washington Nationals volunteer at the CAFB and help pack bags for children in need.
Players from the Washington Nationals will make their annual visit to the CAFB as part of their continued efforts to address local hunger.

7/1/11 – CAFB seeks public support as region faces hunger crisis
Lynn Brantley announces $1 million Fresh Produce Campaign.

6/28/11 – CAFB Seeks Public Support as Region Faces Hunger Crisis
The Capital Area Food Bank is facing a 30 percent increase in transportation and food costs and is seeking $1 million in funding to reduce the costs that may have to be passed on to its 700 plus partner agencies. At issue is a potential shared maintenance fee of 10 cents a pound for fresh produce distributed to CAFB partner agencies, if the necessary funding is not found.

6/23/11 – Super Bowl Champion Usama Young Volunteers at CAFB
Super Bowl 44 Champion Usama Young will volunteer today at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Northeast warehouse to help pack and sort bags for the organization’s Weekend Bag Program, a service that provides 1000 children weekly with bags of food when they do not have access to school meals.

6/15/11 – FedEx delivers fresh to area kids in need
FedEx continues support of the Capital Area Food Bank’s Weekend Bag Program; brings three-year donation to $37,500.

5/26/11 – Kaiser Permanente Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic States awards generous grant to CAFB
Grant funds “Healthy Food Access in Action” initiative in DC’s Ward 8.

5/26/11 – CAFB Hosts Feds Feeds Famlies Food Drive Kink-Off
During this national food drive occurring in June, July and August, federal employees deliver non-perishable produce to designated boxes within their agencies. The drive began two years ago when President Obama signed the Serve America Act and created “United We Serve,” calling on all Americans to contribute to the nation’s economic recovery by serving in their communities

5/15/11 – Local chefs compete for best taco and help raise funds for residents struggling with hunger
The Food Experiments host cooking competition and support the CAFB.

5/10/11 – CAFB Partners with Letter Carriers Union on Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Mark McCaffrey, COO of the CAFB, announced that the food bank will partner regionally with the National Association of Letter Carriers Union on Stamp Out Hunger, the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

5/3/11 – CAFB Partners with DC Diaper Bank
The DC Diaper Bank will officially launch and invites the community to help get diapers to babies in need throughout the Washington metro region. The Capital Area Food Bank partnered with the DC Diaper Bank to meet an overwhelming need for young mothers who not only struggle daily to feed their children, but are unable in many instances to afford diapers for their young babies. The joint effort and strength of these two programs will serve and impact a vulnerable population in need of support.

4/29/11 – CAFB Hosts 31st Annual Metro Area Hunger Conference at Jericho City of Praise Church The conference features key speakers and workshops providing fundamental skills and knowledge need to operate effective and efficient feeding programs. Training includes: safe food handling, volunteer recruitment and management, budgeting, fundraising, and accounting.

3/28/11 – Tyson Foods Addresses Growing Hunger in Washington Area Company donates 29,000 pounds of protein to CAFB.

3/24/11 – New Study Estimates $21.3 Billion Food Shortfall for Americans at Risk of Hunger
Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today released a landmark study, “Map the Meal Gap,” providing insight for the first time about the number of meals missing from the tables of America’s hungry each year – an estimated 8.4 billion nationwide.

“We know that African Americans in this country struggle with hunger at a disproportionately high rate,” said Brian Banks, Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach, Capitol Area Food Bank. “What this study does is help us focus our response to this overwhelming issue. With the first county-by-county data, we can tailor our response to each community.”

3/16/11 – Goya Foods Donates 75,000 Pounds of Food Through United Way of the National Capital Area
The Capital Area Food Bank hosted Goya Foods, UWNCA and 12 local food pantries at its warehouse where the food distribution and a cooking demonstration were held. Speakers included Bill Hanbury, President and CEO, UWNCA; Luis Ramos, General Manager, Goya Virginia; Lynn Brantley, President and CEO, and CAFB; Mark Locraft, Executive Chef, Food & Friends.

3/10/11 – Capital Area Food Bank Selects TV Personality Paul Wharton as Ambassador against Hunger
With record numbers of Washington metro area residents struggling to get enough food to eat, the CAFB announced its partnership with TV Personality Paul Wharton, who participated in a cooking demonstration highlighting the CAFB’s economical $16 Bag program, that shows people how to eat healthily on a budget.

3/10/11 – National Survey on the Perceptions of Hunger Released at the National Press Club
Results of one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys ever conducted exclusively on attitudes and perceptions of hunger was released at a news conference at the National Press Club. The study was commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in collaboration with Tyson Foods, Inc. Speakers included: Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank; James Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center; John Tyson, Chairman, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Sara Lilygren, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Tyson Foods, Inc.; and Guy Molyneaux, Hart Research Associates.

3/1/11 – Peace Corps Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Capital Area Food Bank
Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams and Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and 100 Peace Corps staff members celebrate the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank.

2/8/2011 – Mayor Vincent C. Gray Chairs 8th Annual Blue Jeans Ball on April 10th
The Capital Area Food Bank’s 8th annual Blue Jeans Ball is a unique charitable event that encourages participants to dress in their most fashionable jeans and demonstrate their commitment to ending hunger in the Washington metro area. Participants will enjoy the area’s finest cuisine, dance to live entertainment and bid on live and silent auction items offering exceptional items and experiences.

1/11/2011 – STOMP on over to Safeway
Do you have any plans for Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm? Come out and join us at the Georgetown Safeway to view a special mini performance by some of the cast members of STOMP for a special version of STOMP Out Hunger benefitting the CAFB.

1/11/2011 – NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage Donates $10,000 to CAFB
NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage (NGT&S) today announced a donation of $10,000 to the CAFB to support the organization’s initiative of helping those in need.

1/5/2011 – Giant Food Announces Results of Recent Drives to Support Food Banks
“We are very grateful for Giant’s enormous support of the Capital Area Food Bank, helping alleviate hunger across the Washington metropolitan region. In 2010 alone, Giant donated more than 978,000 pounds of food which was distributed to our network of 700 food programs, enabling 752,375 meals to be provided to families struggling to put food on their table,” said Lynn Brantley, CAFB’s president and CEO.