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10th Annual Blue Jeans Ball for Capital Area Food Bank

8588338054_f3f48c2285_cThe mission of the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is not a complicated one … it  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. CAFB is a member of Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.

On this Sunday night chefs. guests and supporters of facing hunger straight on gathered at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel for its 10th Annual Blue Jeans Ball and raised money and awareness for the travesty that the wealthiest country in the world has such invasive hunger among its people. I don’t know of a more giving people than chefs and restaurateurs …   they just keep on giving!

For some fotos of the chefs and supporters of the mission to end hunger, click on one in the fotos on the right or click here … feel free to share.

Many of the food bank’s 700 partner agencies report they are seeing a tremendous increase in those seeking food assistance, form 30 to 100 percent. This increase is due to job loss, the economy, high cost of housing, lack of health care and other social/economic factors. The CAFB’s motto is ’til no one is hungry.

The Capital Area Food Bank:

  • Distributes 33 million pounds of food annually, half of which is fresh produce
  • Serves 478,100 people in the region struggling with hunger
  • Delivers 120 fresh produce drops each month to 90 sites throughout the Washington metro area
  • Spends 92 cents of each dollar raised for food distribution, transportation and programs

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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