The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (RCCH) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teamed up and volunteered for the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Produce for Kids Program.  RCCH and FEMA worked together ensure that fresh fruits and vegetables got to children in the Washington metro area who were at risk of hunger, because children with unmet nutrition needs are more vulnerable to sickness and infections, as well as developmental and educational problems.

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On Saturday, June 29, 2013, the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (RCCH) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teamed up and volunteered for the Capital Area Food Bank’s (CAFB) Produce for Kids Program.  RCCH and FEMA worked together ensure that fresh fruits and vegetables got to children in the Washington metro area who were at risk of hunger, because children with unmet nutrition needs are more vulnerable to sickness and infections, as well as developmental and educational problems.

RCCH and FEMA volunteers packed food items CAFB’s Weekend Bag Program. The program has been sending bags of shelf-stable groceries home with kids each weekend for the past 11 years. Through the Produce for Kids Program, the food bank feeds over 2,200 children each weekend, many of whom rely on school breakfasts and lunch for nutrition during the week. CAFB always send the most nutritious canned fruits and vegetables available, including fruit canned in juice instead of syrup and vegetables with no added salt.

Volunteers also worked to add a Fresh Produce Bag to the Produce for Kids Program so that kids and their families can have increased access to fruits and vegetables while school’s out. This Fresh Produce Bag also includes recipe cards from the CAFB’s Healthy Recipe Database. These recipes will help kids and families turn this produce into delicious, healthy and affordable meals.

In addition to working with the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, CAFB partners with programs working in community centers, schools, churches, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Parks & Recreation locations that are serving communities were at least 50% of the children in local schools are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. CAFB’s partners distributed the bags each week to more than 2,000 area children.