“Together we can solve hunger” – as part of the Washington Architectural Foundation‘s Architects in the City program, our DC office volunteered in March 2018 at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) distribution center to help sorting and packing donations for the less fortunate communities in the DC metro area. Together with Newman Architects, Bell Architects other volunteers we inspected and sorted over 10 tons of donated food for distribution.
The Capital Area Food Bank, the largest organization in the Washington metro area, is working together with 444 community organizations in DC, MD, and VA to help feed 540,000 people per year. This makes up twelve percent of the National Capital Region population which receives proper nutrition delivered directly into hard to reach areas. There are different ways to volunteer and contribute at the food bank distribution center from sorting and packing donated food, over repacking produce (15 million pounds annually) to packing bags and boxes of monthly supplemental groceries for over 10,000 seniors (Grocery Plus and Senior Brown Bag programs) and 2,500 children (Weekend Bag program) ensuring to solve hunger when school meals are not available. It was a humble and proud experience to be able to contribute and help the communities in which we live and work.
Reflecting all the work and effort volunteers put into the CAFB and seeing what a team can accomplished together, shows what a great impact the donations have for men, women, and kids in need.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the CAFB please visit their website.