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September 21, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Capital Area Food Bank prioritizes healthy food options

FOOD INSECURITY | Recipients of the Capital Area Food Bank, one of the largest food banks in the US, asked the organization to provide food options with less salt and sugar. It listened and has been able to reduce the junk food it supplies by 84%. (WAMU, 9/18)

A leader in the movement toward nourishing food assistance, CAFB hasn’t just cut back on sugary snacks and drinks in the last year. Since 2015, it’s also boosted the amount of protein it offers — including 544,000 more pounds of beans and other vegetarian protein. That’s an increase of 57 percent.

“I used to get a bin of candy from the CAFB. Since they made this decision, I haven’t been getting that anymore,” says Jasmine Ramsay of the Pennsylvania Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church, one of the food bank’s partners. “The CAFB has made me realize how important it is to give not just bags of food, but nutritious food.”

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS | Congratulations to the following WRAG members on being finalists in the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards!

Best Corporate Steward, Large Business


Best Commitment to Education Program


Best Economic Empowerment Program

Citi Foundation

JP Morgan Chase

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | A new analysis by the National Equity Atlas found that if rent was affordable, the average household would save $6,200 a year. (Citylab, 9/20)

HOMELESSNESSBill Tightening Eligibility Requirements For Homeless Seeking Shelter Stalls In D.C. Council (WAMU, 9/20)

EDUCATION | Scott Brabrand, Fairfax County’s new schools chief, discusses his plans for the school district, including creating a more diverse workforce. (WaPo, 9/20)

– The DC Policy Center analyzed the Greater Washington region’s Hispanic population and wonders what is driving the segregation it sees. (DC Policy Center, 9/21)

– Racial Discrimination Tops List of Causes Millennials Care Most About, Study Finds (Chronicle, 9/20 – Subscription needed)

TRANSPORTATION| The Greater Washington Partnership, a coalition of top executives from the area, will focus on finding solutions to transportation and job creation in the region. (Baltimore Sun, 9/21)

NONPROFITS/LOI | Many Hands is now accepting applications for its 2018 grants.

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