ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumnus Peter Bondra presented a $10,000 donation on behalf of the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation to the Capital Area Food Bank on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Bonrda and Comcast SoprtsNet’s Joe Beninati and Jill Sorenson and Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar along with mascot Slapshot, Red Rockers and 50 Capitals volunteers also helped pack and sort donated food at the food bank’s Washington, D.C., distribution center.
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Together the volunteers assembled 600 bags of produce for the food bank’s Weekend Bag program and sorted 5,000 pounds of canned food and vegetables and 10,000 pounds of food.
The food will be distributed to partner agencies that the Capital Area Food Bank works with to deliver food to those in need. The Weekend Bag program benefits children in the Washington metro region who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school week, providing them with nutritious, kid-friendly food bags to carry home for the weekend when school lunches are not available to them. The program serves nearly 2,000 children per week through 56 sites including schools and community centers.
Volunteers also worked on the agency’s shopping floor, where partner agencies pick up orders of food, household and personal hygiene items.
“I’m really happy to be here and work with fans to help those in need,” said Bondra, a former Capitals right wing who played in 961 games with the Capitals from 1990-2004. “It’s great to see people helping out for the cause.”
The Capitals, Comcast SportsNet and Mix 107.3 are teaming up during November to host a canned food drive to aid in the struggle to end hunger in the Washington area. All donations benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.
The Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey.
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest public nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Last year the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 33 million pounds of food, including 15 million pounds of fresh produce, to more than 478,000,000 people through a network of more than 700 nonprofit partners. The Capital Area Food Bank has served the National Capital region for 32 years.