ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, Tires Plus, Bridgestone Tires, Comcast SportsNet, Mix 107.3, the Edge 105.9 and the Capital Area Food Bank are teaming up to host a canned food drive at the Caps game Friday, Nov. 20, against the Montreal Canadiens.
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.
“The fans did a really good job last year and we want to encourage the same giving this year,” said Nicklas Backstrom
, team spokesperson for the canned food drive. “We want fans to get involved in this worthwhile cause, because one can of food can go a long way.”
This is the latest of Backstrom’s endeavors to combat hunger in the Washington, D.C., area. On Nov. 2 Backstrom along with Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar, Tires Plus’s Gary Dexter and Comcast SportsNet’s Lisa Hillary, participated in The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol program by delivering meals and hooded sweatshirts to the homeless in Northwest Washington, D.C. In the past he has volunteered at Miracle on 7th Street, a holiday charity event at the District Chophouse.
All donations benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest public nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 23 million pounds of food, including 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce, to more than 700 partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank has served the National Capital region for 29 years.