One in eight households in Washington, DC struggles with hunger, and DC has one of the worst hunger rates in the nation for families with kids being unable to afford enough food — staggering statistics that many wonderful organizations are trying to change. This year, the DC VegFest has partnered with one of these groups, the Capital Area Food Bank, to help raise awareness and bring healthy vegetarian food to some of these families — through our first-ever DC VegFest Food Drive!
Through the food drive, we hope to bring vegetarian foods to those in our community who need it most. Will you help us?
It’s as simple as throwing a few unopened, vegan, nonperishable food items into your DC VegFest day bag! You might also want to pack cash for vendors, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle (we’ll have filling stations!)
These food items will be collected at the Capital Area Food Bank tent so you won’t need to carry them around the festival. Here are some ideas for what qualifies as non-perishable: canned fruits, canned vegetables, multi-grain cereal, canned soups, grains, condiments, baking goods, and 100 percent juice cartons.
All the items will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank, a local hunger-relief organization that, this year alone, will distribute 45 million pounds of food — the equivalent of 37.5 million meals — throughout the DC metro area.
Speaking of vegan food donations, our new veggie obstacle course uses fresh fruit and vegetables, and in the spirit of avoiding food waste, the happy pigs at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary have agreed to take the leftover produce off our hands! Of course, the pigs won’t be at the event, but their friends from the sanctuary will be — stop by their table to say hi!