In the District of Columbia, almost one in two children under age 18 are at risk of hunger, and so are 40 percent of households with seniors. The Capitol Area Food Bank says demand is outpacing their supplies.
Oct. 22, District of Columbia residents responded to these alarming facts by donating 7,683 pounds of food to the food bank during the 2nd Annual AARP DC Food Drive. The food collected will provide 7600 meals to individuals and families.
More than 1,000 people donated, and more than 90 volunteers and AARP staff accepted, non-perishable food outside nine Safeway and Giant grocery stores. There was at least one Food Drive collection store in each of DC’s eight wards.
Below is a list showing how much food was collected at each store:
- Safeway, 1747 Columbia Rd. NW, Ward 1: 808 Pounds
- Giant, 1345 Park Rd. NW, Ward 1: 478 Pounds
- Giant, 4303 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ward 3: 626 Pounds
- Safeway, 6500 Piney Branch Rd. NW, Ward 4: 1,319 Pounds
- Giant, 1050 Brentwood Rd. NE, Ward 5: 776 Pounds
- Safeway, 401 M St. SW, Ward 6: 870 Pounds
- Safeway, 322 40th St. NE, Ward 7: 867 Pounds
- Giant, 1535 Alabama Ave. SE, Ward 8: 946 Pounds
In addition, 46 pounds of food was donated directly to the food bank in the name of AARP DC, and a donor wrote a check for $100 to the Capital Area Food Bank.
Grocery shoppers saw AARP’s Create the Good branded signs and volunteers at the collection stations as they entered the store, and heard periodic in-store announcements reminding them to donate to the Food Drive. A local news crew captured video of the collection station at one site, and provided it to several local TV news stations.
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