CRC CARES About Ending Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank

On Thursday, July 12, CRC CARES members volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC. Team members sorted and packaged 672 boxes of supplemental groceries for senior citizens in need in the Washington metropolitan area; CRC CARES also donated $1,000 to the cause, which will feed an additional 200 families.

CRC CARES arranged items like corn cereal, milk, apple juice, canned tomatoes, applesauce, and peas into the boxes assembly-line style. The boxes were then sent to a separate part of the distribution center and packaged with perishable food like fruit and cheese before they were sent off to their respective recipients.

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The supplemental groceries like the ones CRC CARES packed will serve over 10,000 senior citizens through the Grocery Plus and Senior Brown Bag programs. The Capital Area Food Bank also has similar programs for the 2,500 children in-need called the Weekend Bag program; it helps ensure they will not be hungry over the weekend when school meals are not available.

The Capital Area Food Bank, which is a member of Feeding America, is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger. They have partnered with 444 community organizations within DC, Maryland, and Virginia to help combat hunger and its related problems like chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. With the efforts of the Capital Area Food Bank, its 444 partners, and the efforts of its volunteers, 540,000 people in the DC-area gain access to good, healthy food each year.

CRC Gives Back to Community with City Blossoms

This May, CRC Arlington office employees spent a day outside volunteering with City Blossoms, a Washington D.C. nonprofit committed to cultivating healthy lifestyles through providing green spaces for city youth and community members.

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Around 20 employees spent the day weeding, planting, and landscaping to make an outdoor space optimal for City Blossoms to achieve their goals and so community members can enjoy the outdoor space. Members worked at the Marion Street Intergenerational Garden site, where healthy produce is harvested by and for local community members.

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Since 2009, City Blossoms has made a difference across the District though its commitment to community-engaging programming and after-school opportunities. CRC volunteers look forward to giving back with this non-profit year after year.

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Our members believe in the importance of functional outdoor space and experiences that come from such places, and how smart city planning can shape and transform lives. Supporting volunteers enjoyed the day in the spring sun and giving back to the local community.

For more information on City Blossoms, please visit their website.

CRC Arlington Office Food Drive Helps to Feed Families in Need

In time for the 2017 holiday season, CRC Arlington office participated in a food drive to raise non-perishable items for Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a charity with a rich history in community outreach near our corporate headquarters.

Between November 2 and December 12, “The Hunger [IS NOT A] Games” food drive raised almost 300 items, including canned fruit, soups, tomatoes, tuna and vegetables, as well as breakfast cereals, peanut butter, and cooking oil for families in need during the holiday season.

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Themed to play off of hit series The Hunger Games, CRC Arlington office employees participated in a friendly inter-department competition to see which department or “district” could donate the most non-perishable items. The Accounting department won with an impressive showing of 207 items.

AFAC feeds 2,200 families every week by providing supplemental groceries to Arlington residents who cannot afford to purchase sufficient food to meet basic needs. CRC’s competition benefitted their 2017 Holiday campaign, which provided 3,300 families with food for holiday meals. 

For more details on AFAC, please visit their website.