ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, Tires Plus, Bridgestone, Comcast SportsNet, Mix 107.3, the Edge 105.9, the Examiner and the Capital Area Food Bank are teaming up to host a canned food drive at the Caps game Saturday, Nov. 20, against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends will be accepting donations when doors open at 6 p.m. at the F Street Entrance to Verizon Center. The first 2,000 fans to donate will receive a Nicklas Backstrom
poster. The Capitals and their partners urge all Caps fans to donate at least one can of food to help end hunger in the Washington metropolitan area. The Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends will also accept monetary donations; one dollar can buy three meals. Once again this year Tires Plus and Bridgestone Tires are donating $7,500 to the Capitals food drive.
“This is something very special to me, feeding the homeless the last two years really opens up your eyes,” said Nicklas Backstrom
, team spokesperson for the canned food drive. “The fans have come out in support of this worthwhile cause in the past and I hope they do the same this year.” “Please bring canned food or donate money on your way into our game on Nov. 20.”
This is the second consecutive season Backstrom has been the team spokesperson for the food drive. This is the latest of Backstrom’s endeavors to combat hunger in the Washington, D.C., area. On Nov. 15 Backstrom along with Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar and Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson, participated in The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol program by delivering meals and blankets to the homeless in Northwest Washington, D.C. Last season Backstrom also participated in the Grate Patrol program and in the past has volunteered at Miracle on 7th Street, a holiday charity event at the District Chophouse.
All donations benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington, D.C. metro area’s hub for food sourcing and distribution in the hunger relief movement. For the last 30 years, the Capitals Area Food Bank has made tremendous strides to expand their services and last year distributed 27 million pounds of food, including 10.8 pounds of fresh produce, to more than 478,000,000 people through a network of more than 700 nonprofit partners. The food bank provides nourishment, education and hope to those residents struggling to get enough food to eat.