HELP THE HOMELESS THIS WINTER:
Office of Emergency Management
for both the city of Annapolis: 410-263-7997
and the county is 410-222-0600.
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Almost 7% of Anne Arundel County residents live below the federal poverty level, which is $24,250 for a family of four.
The fastest growing homeless population is homeless families and youth who are staying with friends or living in motels.
Looking out the window, you'd be forgiven for forgetting a blizzard happened just two weeks ago! While school-aged children LOVED the week off from school, many of the rest of us had our love of snow tested after all of that shoveling! Sore backs, achy muscles ... let's all try and forget that winter is far from over.
During such extreme weather I was reminded of the pleasure of simple things: a fire in the fireplace, a hot shower on a cold morning, the welcoming sight of lights on when you got home from work, the aroma of soup and stew cooking on the stove, a big mug of hot chocolate (and a marshmallow mustache). Simple things that provide warmth and comfort, and a sense of well-being.
Though many of us relish in these pleasures, for others, attaining them is anything but simple. Some families found themselves with no heat, no electricity, and their cupboards bare; others wishing they even had a roof over their heads, and would be happy for a shower of any temperature. Many others rely on free or subsidized meal programs at school and, thanks to being snowed in, struggled to feed their children breakfast and lunch now that they were home. It is not a scene of simple pleasures, but one of additional stress and burden on already weary families. We were besieged with requests for food help before and after the storm. When Food Link reopened its doors, we heard parents and grandparents alike tell a similar tale; lacking the means to buy extra supplies and "stock-up" before the storm, and despite doing their best to stretch what they had, many had to skip meals and most had nothing left by the time they came to our offices.
Food Link helps with these issues - food, electricity, warm clothes - all year long. But in the bitter cold and in extreme weather conditions, many of our neighbors find themselves in the unenviable position of needing to ask for help, to rely on the kindness of strangers to provide comfort and hope. Fortunately, acts of kindness were in abundance during the blizzard, with community members banding together to help ensure those who needed help bracing for (or recovering from) the storm had what they needed. Mark Twain said that kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. To that, let me say that volumes were spoken at Food Link culminating not in a din, but a roar.
Please help us keep this conversation going. Your kindness says more to those in our community more than any letter could, so please consider donating to Food Link. Every hour volunteered and every penny given will ensure that the message of hope can always be heard, and nourishment and comfort are never more than a phone call away.
Cathy L. Bird & Staff
Food Link's Emergency Pantry is available on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please call 410-897-3943 to make an appointment".
Food Link Officesare open on Tuesday - Thursday, 9 -4
and Friday 9 - 3
Current Emergency Needs
Tuna and chicken helper
instant mashed potatoes
instant oatmeal and cream of wheat
complete pancake mix - (only requires water)
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THANK YOU for your generous donations through The Great Give 2015!
Food Link, Inc.
2666 Riva Road
3rd Floor MS 8302
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-897-3941 (main/Paula Gordon)
410-897-3942 (main/Cathy Holstrom-Bird)