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Food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank

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There is an easy and convenient way to help others this holiday season. We are collecting non-perishable food for the Capital Area Food Bank!

The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: Chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity.

According to the food bank, in D.C. 14.5% of residents struggle to get the food they need. D.C. has the sixth highest child food insecurity rate of any state in the nation, with 27.9% of children under the age of 18 living in food insecure households. Food insecurity is defined as limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. Many food insecure residents in the D.C. area have to make difficult choices between buying food and other necessities: 67% of individuals served by the Capital Area Food Bank report having to choose between food and transportation; 61% reported having to choose between food and housing.

How can you help? Just donate some of the following items during November. The food bank especially wants food that is high fiber, low sugar and low sodium.

Most wanted items:

Canned salmon, tuna or chicken

Canned vegetables, low sodium or no salt

Canned fruit, in light syrup or its own juice

Rice and pasta

Cereal, hot and cold

Beans, canned and dry

Healthy snacks

Peanut butter

100% juice

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