Transforming the Marketplace

Capital Area Food Bank

2018 Progress Report

Year Committed: 2017
Length of Commitment: 3 years

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.

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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      Develop and implement one or more performance metrics based on wellness, to redefine how the food bank measures success.
    • Progress To Date

      Capital Area Food Bank continues to make progress toward implementing performance metrics based on wellness. In FY 2018, 82% of all food distributed by Capital Area Food Bank met its criteria to qualify as wellness food.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Increase the distribution of wellness food by 500,000 additional pounds .
    • Progress To Date

      No update provided.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Onboard 25 new CAFB partners into 'Partners for Wellness', a program which recognizes and elevates food bank nonprofit network members who commit to providing access to nutritious food and nutrition education.
    • Progress To Date

      In FY2018, Capital Area Food Bank on-boarded 15 new agencies into the Partners for Wellness program, bringing the total number of Partners for Wellness to 88.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Use volunteers to pack 2 million pounds of bulk fresh produce for the community.
    • Progress To Date

      No update provided.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Expand Joyful Food Markets to reach 6,000 elementary-aged children, creating 49 new healthy food access points in Washington, DC's Wards 7 & 8.
    • Progress To Date

      Capital Area Food Bank is making progress toward its goal by serving an average of 5568 children each month, from 43 Joyful Food Markets in FY 2018.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Disseminate 500,000 recipe cards, in English and Spanish, to partners and programs.
    • Progress To Date

      No update provided.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Provide partners and programs with tools to hold engaging food demonstrations at their community-based food distributions, including distribution of 500 'Meal Maker' cooking demonstration kits.
    • Progress To Date

      No update provided.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Bring produce to 1,500 families and their elementary-aged children in high-needs areas of Prince George's County, MD through a partnership with Brighter Bites.
    • Progress To Date

      In November 2017, Capital Area Food Bank launched two schools in the Brighter Bites program, Cool Spring Elementary and William Paca Elementary. The programs distributed 68,801 pounds of produce to 318 families.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Reach 600 more families and their school-aged children in northern Virginia through Family Markets.
    • Progress To Date

      During the 2017-2018 school year, Capital Area Food Bank reached 1,776 families and 4,035 children through 109 Family Market events in Northern Virginia.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Pilot a grocery delivery program to begin providing subsidized groceries to families in at least two underserved neighborhoods
    • Progress To Date

      No update provided.

    • Implementation Date

      June 2020
    • Reporting Date

      September 2018

Partner Statement

“The Capital Area Food Bank continues to be a proud partner of Partnerships for a Healthier America. In our second year of partnership, we continued to make progress toward improving the health of our food inventory. In FY 2018, 82% of all food distributed by Capital Area Food Bank met the criteria to qualify as wellness food (lower in salt and sugar, higher in fiber). Of the 32 million meals distributed in 2018, 35% of that food was fruits and vegetables. We also continued to expand our school-based models of healthy food distribution, adding two more Family Markets (free fruit and vegetable markets for parents and children) and launching two Brighter Bites partnerships (CSA-style produce distributions in schools), reaching over 318 families.

"We believe strongly that food is a catalyst for improved nutrition, better health outcomes, enhanced educational attainment and greater economic engagement, and that access to and affordability of good quality food can lead to more inclusive participation in the growth of the Greater Washington area.”