Capital Area Food Bank Hosts 4th Annual Feds Feed Families Food Drive Kick Off

UNITED STATES


WASHINGTON, June 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:
The Capital Area Food Bank hosts the 4th annual Feds Feed Families food drive kick-off at the food bank distribution center. During this national food drive occurring in June, July and August, federal employees deliver non-perishable produce to designated boxes within their agencies. The drive began three years ago when President Obama signed the Serve America Act and created "United We Serve," calling on all Americans to contribute to the nation's economic recovery by serving in their communities. In response to this call, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Chief Human Capital Office (CHCO) Council formed a partnership through the Feds Feed Families food drive campaign. Last year, the CAFB received 500,000 pounds of food and more than one million pounds since the food drive began.

Who:
John Berry, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Michael J. Fisher, Chief U.S. Border Patrol            
Lynn Brantley, CAFB President & CEO
Jodi Balis, CAFB Dietitian, preparing a nutritious, economical meal

When:      
Monday, June 11
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Where:     
Capital Area Food Bank
645 Taylor Street, NE
Washington, DC  20017

Why:              
More than 670,000 Washington metro area residents, including 200,000 children, are at risk of hunger, a 25 percent increase since 2008. The CAFB is distributing 30 million pounds of food this year, half of which is fresh produce through its 700 partner agencies. CAFB also provides individuals and families with education and training about healthy eating on a budget.
 
The Capital Area Food Bank,  founded in 1980,  takes a comprehensive approach to addressing hunger by increasing access to nutritious food, initiating change through skill-building and advocacy, and creating sustainability with outreach and training for those at risk of hunger. The CAFB is the metro area's largest public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource. For more information about hunger and nutrition issues, log on to CapitalAreaFoodBank.org.

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