Capital Area Food Bank
A giant turkey, filled with seasoned stuffing, rests in the center of a table crowded with warm green bean casserole, buttered corn, browned dinner rolls, a decadent sweet potato casserole, steaming mashed potatoes, a bottle of red wine, and a homemade pumpkin pie. The Thanksgiving table is set. Your friends and family gather around, chatting about football, or maybe the recent change of weather, turning from brisk to frozen.
All the while, another family scrambles to find enough money to have dinner at all.
The sad truth is that many families throughout the US will not have a turkey this Thanksgiving simply because they cannot afford it. Hunger is a huge problem, but there are many great organizations and people out there looking for ways to feed the hungry.
Last week, Truist volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), a member of Feeding America, in Washington DC. The CAFB accepts food donations to distribute through its network partner of nonprofits. Nearly half of our employees made it out to this event, where we helped sort grocery bags for organizations to give to needy families and help stock shelves in the shop. The CAFB is able to operate with the help of donations and volunteers. “Volunteering at the CAFB was a great opportunity to help the hungry, especially during the holiday season. It’s a shame so many families are left without food,” says Kendal Kirby, Documentation Writer at Truist.
Truist group photo while volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank, in Washington, DC.
This year, the CAFB is helping to put a turkey on every table for seniors wanting to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal. Seniors enrolled in the Senior Brown Bag program can take advantage of this amazing offering that is made possible by CAFB’s donors and volunteers.
What’s more, for the 12th year in a row, the CAFB will be hosting the Stuff-a-Truck event, one of the food bank’s largest food drives. During this event, “food bank staff and volunteers will brave the cold to encourage shoppers and community members to buy extra food for families, seniors, and children struggling with hunger during the holiday season.”
The CAFB’s mission is to “feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering, and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition.” Their motto is, “Together we can solve hunger.”