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Leesburg, VA (09/21/2021) – The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a food insecurity crisis. In response to the local need, the Capital Area Food Bank and the Maryland Food Bank have been distributing more food than ever before. To support the two organizations, the Washington Spirit, in conjunction with partners Sandy Spring Bank and CVS Health, are hosting a food drive from September 26 – October 31, collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations. The drive will kick off at the Washington Spirit match on Sunday, September 26 at Segra field, where fans can donate four or more non-perishable food items and receive two tickets for the next Spirit home match on Saturday, October 9 at Audi Field.
Ways to participate:
For a list of most requested items click HERE
The Capital Area Food Bank works to address hunger today and create brighter futures tomorrow for the over 500,000 people across the region experiencing food insecurity. As the anchor in the area’s hunger relief infrastructure, they provided over 75 million meals to people in need over the past year by supplying food to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, including Martha’s Table, SOME – So Others Might Eat, DC Central Kitchen, Food for Others, Manna, and others. They also work in partnership with organizations across the region to address hunger’s root causes by pairing food with other critical services.
For more than 40 years, the Maryland Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in the state. The organization supports a food assistance network of more than 350 community organizations statewide that collectively provide nearly 1,450 distribution points with much-needed food for their local communities. Through this network, MFB has distributed more than 72 million meals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MFB will continue to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable communities while collaborating with partners to provide resources beyond food and address root causes of hunger so that more Marylanders can become financially stable and thrive.
“The Maryland Food Bank and Capital Area Food Bank are doing amazing, life-changing work in our communities, especially over the last year and a half,” said Ronda McDowell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Sandy Spring Bank. “By partnering with the Washington Spirit and CVS, we can make more of an impact together than we ever could individually. We look forward to seeing the power of community in action as we support our neighbors in need.”
“CVS Health is committed to ensuring food security in the communities we serve,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP CSR & Philanthropy, CVS Health. “We’ve been especially focused on increasing access to healthy foods for those impacted by the pandemic and we are grateful for all of the work being done by our local partners in the Washington DC-area.”
“It’s important for us as an organization to support our community,” said Spirit Director of Corporate Partnerships Patrick Nightingale. “Food insecurity has always been an issue in our region and with the pandemic, it’s become even more pronounced. We are happy to have partners like Sandy Spring Bank and CVS to partner with so we can make a positive impact and assist our neighbors when they need it.”
About Sandy Spring Bank
Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Olney, Maryland, is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank, a premier community bank in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. With over 60 locations, the bank offers a broad range of commercial and retail banking, mortgage, private banking, and trust services throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Through its subsidiaries, Rembert Pendleton Jackson, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc. Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and wealth management services.
About CVS Health
CVS Health is the leading health solutions company, delivering care in ways no one else can. We reach more people and improve the health of communities across America through our local presence, digital channels and our nearly 300,000 dedicated colleagues – including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Wherever and whenever people need us, we help them with their health – whether that’s managing chronic diseases, staying compliant with their medications, or accessing affordable health and wellness services in the most convenient ways. We help people navigate the health care system – and their personal health care – by improving access, lowering costs and being a trusted partner for every meaningful moment of health. And we do it all with heart, each and every day. Learn more at www.cvshealth.com.
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Segra Field in Leesburg, Va. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.