Every year, hundreds of companies support the food bank. Partnership with the food bank provides the opportunity for collaboration and a shared sense of contribution to our community. And with many people working remotely over the past year, employee engagement is more important than ever.
In-person Volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank:
Volunteering at our DC distribution center provides the essential first step in getting food flowing into the community. Volunteers assist with sorting food donations and packing emergency and senior food boxes along our motorized conveyor belt. Volunteer work is considered light to medium labor.
Ready to bring a group?
1. Consult our calendar to determine when might work for your company.
2. Once you have a date, reach out to Megan Curran, Partnerships Engagement Manager, to make a reservation. (IMPORTANT: You must contact the food bank to make a group reservation. This helps us accurately manage the number of volunteers required for each shift.)
3. Recruit your co-workers!
Customized Engagement Opportunities:
Want to support the food bank, but can't volunteer in-person right now? Not sure what would work best for your team? The food bank works with companies to develop customized engagement strategies. Here are some options:
- Virtual Lunch and Learns: We've all seen pictures and stories about the increased need over the past year. But do you actually know how the food bank gets food into the community?
- Face Hunger Workshop: What's it like to walk in the shoes of someone experiencing food insecurity? During Face Hunger, participants assume an identity and work to overcome obstacles to provide food for themselves and their family.
- Sincerely, DMV: As we make our way through this historic time, we look to each other for hope. That's where Sincerely, DMV comes in. Write notes or draw pictures (a great option to include the whole family!) and send them to us to include in food boxes.
- Food Drives (IRL or Virtual): Retailers, groups, and individuals all contribute to our food supply. By providing foods that are high-fiber, low-sugar, and low in sodium, families can have the kinds of nutritious meals they need to stay healthy. Can't collect food in-person right now? Host a virtual food drive. Financial donations help us buy food, including fruits, vegetables, and perishable items.
Ready to develop a customized engagement strategy? Contact Emily Lauer-Bader, Director of Corporate Partnerships.
Not with a company but still want to organize a volunteer group? Check out our group volunteer page.