Aug 17, 2020
Food insecurity is our government’s somewhat clinical term for hunger, or in bureaucratese, a lack of access to the food needed for a full and active life. Hunger is an everyday reality for poor and working families in the nation’s capital and its surrounding suburbs, one of the wealthiest regions in the country. And in the shadows of COVID19 and a staggering loss of jobs and income, hunger is growing exponentially. Imagine what it takes for the Capital Area Food Bank to provide 30 million meals a year to 400,000 women, men and children who are food insecure. And then realize that these figures reflect pre-pandemic times. Radha Muthiah, CAFB’s President and CEO, manages the complexities of supply chains and delivery systems to meet growing demands. And her vision extends beyond the unprecedented challenge of the moment. She is working towards a new normal, which requires collaboration across issue area silos and an insistence on righting the wrongs of systemic injustice. She is a woman who makes change happen.