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Capitals Collect More Than a Ton of Food at Annual Canned Food Drive

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and WFED 1500 AM hosted a canned food drive at the Caps game against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center on Nov. 8, to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Caps fans donated 2,708 pounds of food, which more than doubled what was collected at last year’s drive. The Capital Area Food Bank also collected $2,248.31 at the drive, including a $1,000 check from Washington Capitals Charities. In total, nearly 9,500 meals will be provided with donations collected by the Caps.

 
Capitals players’ wives Sasha Bradley, Danielle Johnson, Gwen Pothier and Didi Steckel greeted fans at the F Street entrance along with volunteers from the Capital Area Food Bank. Fans who provided nonperishable food or monetary donations received a poster featuring Caps star defenseman and canned food drive spokesman Mike Green.
 
“The Capital Area Food Bank couldn’t be more thrilled with the cooperation, communication and support provided by the Washington Capitals at the recent, highly successful food and funds drive,” said Capital Area Food Bank Chief Operating Officer Brian Smith. “We appreciate the support to this organization and the impact on this community.”
 
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 20 million pounds of food, including six million pounds of fresh produce, to more than 700 partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank has served the National Capital region for 28 years.
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