Capital Area Food Bank
2018 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 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.”