Volunteers fill 12,500 lunch bags for kids in need

More than 12,000 bags were filled with fresh, healthy food items over the course of the day to feed 2,000 children across the area this summer.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – Two hundred and fifty volunteers from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation teamed up to help the Capital Area Food Bank fill 12,500 lunch bags for 2,000 children at risk of hunger across the D.C. metro area.

"It feels great to know that what we're doing is actually impacting the lives of children throughout the Washington metro region,” said EJ Dickerson, a PWC volunteer.

“Hunger and homelessness is a huge issue in D.C. and it’s one of our foundation’s pillars, so being able to pack these lunches and to help kids in the city, especially when they’re not getting those meals from school, it just feels good to know that we’re making a difference and helping out,” said Elizabeth Pace, a volunteer from the MSE.

The Weekend Bag Packing project took place in the Verizon Center Friday. There were 62,000 pounds of food. A spokesperson for the food bank says it equals 100,000 meals for the summer.

One in three kids are at risk of hunger in the D.C. area.

The bags will be distributed to 45 sites across the area every Friday this summer.

The food will supplement meals that kids are not getting at school.

The Capital Area Food Bank is always in need of donations, so please donate food items or money by visiting their website. https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/


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