How We Work
The Capital Area Food Bank provides meals to 12 percent of the Washington metro area population – that’s 540,000 of our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. We work with our network of 444 food assistance partners to provide food and nutrition education to our neighbors in need.
Direct Distribution Programs
We provide weekly, kid-friendly bags of groceries for children to ensure they have enough to eat when not at school.
|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.
|Kids Summer Meals Program
We provide healthy meals and snacks in the summer at sites that include faith-based organizations, camps, and recreation centers.
|Kids After School Meals Program
We provide free, healthy meals and snacks to students attending after school enrichment programs.
|Senior Brown Bag
We provide income-qualified seniors with a bag of groceries each month, along with recipes and nutrition education materials.
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 provide families with fresh fruits, vegetables and non-perishable, healthy groceries each month in their children’s schools. Food is offered market-style, and parents can choose the items they want, along with recipes to put ingredients to use.
|Joyful Food Market
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 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.
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.
Our nutrition education courses teach CAFB food assistance partners and the neighbors they serve about healthy food selection, budgeting, cooking, AND growing.