Just finished the second of five mini features that are part of my thesis, due this Monday, March 11th. This short feature is about the Capital Area Food Bank and the work that they are doing to help alleviate hunger and food access issues in the Washington metro area. I conducted this interview with Lynn Brantley on her last day as President of the CAFB.
“…where people have to do their grocery shopping… you don’t get healthy food and you don’t get good nutritious food, you get cheap food. I mean, something is better than nothing, but you don’t have access to good, affordable, fresh, wholesome food, and that’s what happens in many, many poor neighborhoods,” says Lynn Brantley. She retired from the CAFB after 43 years working on hunger issues.
CAFB’s mission is to “feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it” and “educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition.” The CAFB distributes 33 million pounds of food annually, half of which is fresh produce. They serve 478,100 people struggling with hunger and deliver to 90 sites each month throughout the Washington metro area.
“I think those who live in the community have answers that we don’t have. I think you have to be constantly listening, going out into the community to hear their voices, to understand what they have to say and to be present in a way that will lift them up. I think … people who are struggling have many answers to help create what we need to do.”
— Lynn Brantley, Co-founder of the Capital Area Food Bank