Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 16, 2014
The Capital Area Food Bank today announced the final amount raised through the Washington legal community’s annual fundraising campaign, Food From the Bar, in partnership with 30 local law firms, law schools, and other legal professionals. In the month-long campaign, $130,000 was raised to help the Food Bank reach those at risk of hunger in the Washington metro area this summer.
This year’s Food From the Bar campaign marked the sixth and largest effort to date with dozens of local law firms, law schools and other legal professionals competing to raise funds and food for the campaign, formerly known as D.C. Outlaw Hunger.
Since 2008, the Washington legal community has raised enough to support the equivalent of 1.5 million meals. With every $10 raised, the Food Bank can distribute 25 meals to neighbors in need. Thanks to the success of this year’s campaign, CAFB will be able to provide over 300,000 meals to the greater D.C. community in the summer months when funds coming into the organization are low and when needs of families that usually depend on school lunch programs is high.
Ninety-two cents out of every dollar donated supports local hunger relief programs.
In the wake of this year’s campaign, Nancy E. Roman, CAFB President and CEO, said, “We are thrilled that the local legal community has embarked on such an important campaign that will help us deliver more nutritious meals to children and families, especially during the summer months when children don’t have access to school meals.” She added, “We’ve surpassed expectations this year and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Food From the Bar. We depend on the community’s support as we work to serve others. Together we can solve hunger.”
“This year's Food From the Bar campaign has been immeasurably rewarding for our community as an opportunity to come together and provide real support for our neighbors who are among the most food insecure in the nation," said Dick Thornburgh, Honorary Chairman of the 2014 D.C. Food From the Bar campaign who serves as advisor and counselor at K&L Gates, and is a former U.S. Attorney General and Governor of Pennsylvania. "Last year, we successfully raised over $100,000, and with the addition of new partners in 2014, we saw the effort strengthen considerably. We are very proud of the successes this year and look forward to upping the ante in 2015."
Child hunger is a critical problem nationwide. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 17 million children in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access the nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Washington, D.C. has the second highest child food insecurity rate of any other state in the nation, with 30 percent of children under the age of 18 living in food insecure households – meaning they have limited or uncertain access to nutritionally adequate foods.
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Washington metro area serving 500,000 people through direct food distribution programs and a network of 500 partner agencies. This year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 45 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 37.5 million meals – including 17.5 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. A member of Feeding America, CAFB 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. To learn more, visit: http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org, or find the Capital Area Food Bank on Facebook at facebook.com/ CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.