Outnumber Hunger: Capital Area Food Bank

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--Amanda Knott and Julia Sarmiento are on a mission. A mission for bread, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Knott and Sarmiento are with the non-profit group, SEED. They need to feed 100 people and have come to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Northeast DC for the food.

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"We serve families from all walks of life," says Lisa Butler McDougal, the Executive Director of SEED. "From families who were middle class, two family wage earners. To individuals who are unemployed."

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The fact is, the people struggling to get life's most basic need, food, are the working poor.

"When our president founded the food bank it was a temporary solution to the food stamp cuts," says Shamia Holloway, Communications Manager with the Capital Area Food Bank. "Here we are 34 years later, in a larger facility feeding record numbers of people. Our goal would be to eventually close our doors; but, right now we have 700-thousand children, singles, families who are struggling to get food. So will hunger go away? That's our goal. We hope so. But in the interim we are going to feed those residents in need."

CAFB gets the food from grocery chains, farmers, USDA, corporate and individual donations. The organization serves as the hub for food distribution. Five-hundred partnering agencies, like SEED, come here for supplies and then provide them to the hungry.

Last year the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 45-million pounds of food. Their service area includes: Washington DC, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.

"If there was not a Capital Area Food Bank we would really be in trouble," says McDougal. " We really would. We need the Capital Area Food Bank."

MORE: Donate to Outnumber Hunger

If you would like to help end hunger here in the DC area, log onto Outnumber Hunger and enter the code on specially marked boxes of General Mills items.Then enter the zip code of the area you want to support and that's where the money will go. Outnumber Hunger is a partnership between General Mills and WUSA9'S parent company Gannett.


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