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Summer is here and school's let out for the year. For many, this is a time of great anticipation - vacation, family cook outs, and the bounty of fresh food available only this time of year: think juicy watermelon, sweet strawberries and corn on the cob. Most children look forward to care-free days of sleeping in, playing outside with friends, and catching lightening bugs at dusk. For some children, though, the summer months bring a new worry: where will I get my next meal?
According to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education well over 23,000 students rely on free breakfast and lunch during the school year.
In addition, there has been a groundswell of backpack buddy programs for children in all grades to meet this ever-increasing need. For those who may not be familiar, a backpack buddy program was established for those children assessed by school personnel as most at risk of weekend food insecurity. In plain terms, this program provides a backpack of food for children to take home who mostly likely would have nothing to eat from Friday at lunch until Monday breakfast at school. What these statistics and programs don't show is the number of families who are living on the edge and would love to utilize these programs but fail to qualify because they make $5 or $10 per month too much under the existing guidelines.
That's why we're asking for your donations now to help ensure that as few children as possible have to suffer with too little to eat because of the unavailability of free resources. We will be targeting specific areas of high-need in the county, with an emphasis on mobile home communities in the south part of the county who lack access to local services. We also hope to provide additional support to our recipient agencies who will try to have more food available to provide for families needing to depend on community based emergency food pantries to get them through the summer months.
This summer, YOU can be the difference between a full plate and an empty tummy. Your donation can help fill that gap and ensure no child in Anne Arundel County goes hungry this summer.
Warmest Thanks for Your Caring Support,
Cathy L. Bird, Executive Director
Hours of Business:
Food Link Offices will be open on
Tuesday - Thursday, 9 -4
and Friday 9 - 3
Produce Program Schedule
In April on the 4th, every Friday til the end of the year.
A working window air conditioner for four clients. Please help our neighbors in this hot weather! Please call our office.
Shelf stable milk
We also need paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, laundry detergent, tooth paste, cleaning supplies.
MAY 2014 - KnowledgeLink's short-term exchange program for international students lead a project to benefit Food Link at The Calverton School for a group of middle school students from Hanzhou, China. [read more]
Thanks to all who donated to Food Link through Great Give 2014! We earned $2,525.... but the need never ends! Donate here throughout the year.
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)