How We Work

The Capital Area Food Bank provides meals to12 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.

How We Work

Direct Distribution Programs

Weekend Bags

We provide weekly, kid-friendly bags of groceries for children to ensure they have enough to eat when not at school.
Kids Summer Meals Program

We provide healthy meals and snacks in the summer at sites that include faith-based organizations, camps, and recreation centers.
Senior Brown Bag

We provide income-qualified seniors with a bag of groceries each month, along with recipes and nutrition education materials.
Kids After School Meals Program

We provide free, healthy meals and snacks to students attending after school enrichment programs.
Nutrition Education

Our nutrition education courses teach CAFB food assistance partners and the neighbors they serve about healthy food selection, budgeting, cooking, AND growing.
Grocery Plus

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.
Mobile Markets

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.
Community Marketplace

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.
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.
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.
Family 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.