Capital Area Food Bank
2017 Progress Report
Committed to develop and implement one or more performance metrics based on wellness, to redefine how the food bank measures success, increase the distribution of wellness foods and expand community programs.
“The Capital Area Food Bank is a proud partner of Partnership for a Healthier America. As the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems of chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity, the Capital Area Food Bank is committed to providing good, healthy food that contributes to wellness to the 540,000 people we serve annually. During our first year of PHA partnership, CAFB has continued to prioritize the health of our food inventory. We continued to reduce sugar and salt and increase fiber in the foods we provide, and distributed 17.4 million pounds of fruits and vegetables.
"To reach children and their families at a time when lifelong food habits are forming, we’ve also expanded our innovative school-based programming, with an emphasis on providing regular access to fruits and vegetables through free produce market and CSA-style distributions. This past year, we’ve run 44 Family Markets throughout the region; expanded to a total of 39 markets operated with Martha’s Table in DC’s Wards 7 and 8; and joined with organization Brighter Bites to launch two CSA-style distributions in Prince George’s county, MD.
"Our work to lay the foundations for healthy communities and amplify the power of food will continue in the years ahead.”