How the area’s largest food bank is fighting hunger in the suburbs
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Claudia Raskin, who runs the nonprofit Community Support Systems, based in southern Prince George’s, has been working with the food bank for years to distribute the food stored in a massive warehouse in Northeast Washington.
Her organization runs food banks several times a week for residents in the more rural communities of Baden, Brandywine and Accokeek. There is always a gap to be filled, she said.
“They are not starving,” Raskin said. “But these are people living on the edge. They are one unfortunate circumstance away from not being able to fill their fridge or just above income for benefits they can’t get . . . but they don’t have enough.”
Joblessness, low wages and illness are the biggest drivers of food insecurity among the people she serves, Raskin said