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.
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.