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And 2017 just keeps rolling like a train, doesn't it? I am just amazed how quickly the days are passing. It's hard to believe we're in the midst of what's usually our winter weather. Like many of you, I'm wondering where's the snow??!?! Perhaps our friend Puxatawney Phil got it wrong and this is just going to be a relatively mild winter and an early spring.
When I sit to write my messages, I always try to figure out how to connect what we do with something that may be of significance with that month such as February and Valentine's Day. It would be easy to make a case for opening your heart or sharing the love with our neighbors who desperately need help and kindness. I've been writing these messages for the better part of 25 years and what I've realized is this: every day can be Valentine's Day or a day of love or a time of an outpouring of caring like the holidays. Every day. Because every day we work with those who are struggling somehow. It can be to provide food for the family, diapers and formula for the baby, eviction prevention, utility cut-off help, clothing, medication or homeless families living in their car and some without a vehicle. Every day.
Rather than trying to be clever and try to appeal to changing your perspective about, say, Valentine's Day, I want to say, let's all work together to make our community the kindest, most compassionate one we can. Let's always strive to take time to lend a hand to someone in need. Without judgment or second guessing why someone is in the emergency situation they're in, be concerned with the outcome - that a family will not be on the street or in their car tonight, that babies can have full tummies, dry bottoms and warm clothes, that the parent who's working but struggling will have their utility bill paid knowing the children won't come home from school to a dark and cold house. Let's join together - hearts and hands - to be part of the solution. Let's share the love. Let those among us with more than enough be willing to help someone with far less. Let's show that the Golden Rule is alive and well, that what we learned in kindergarten we've taken into our adulthood. Let's take compassion and empathy and make them real tools we use to make a difference. This is our community. This is our choice.
For 25 years, Food Link has been here, serving our community, a caring cadre of neighbors helping neighbors. If you want to make a difference, we'd love to have you join us.
Cathy Bird & Staff
Food Link Offices - Fall Hours:Tuessday - Friday, 9 -4
Notice: Our produce program is now closed.
Current Emergency Needs
Peanut butter and jelly
Pancake mix (that only requires water) and syrup
Instant mashed potatoes
Tuna Helper/Chicken Helper
Instant oatmeal - children appreciate the flavored vs the original
Chunky soups and stews, chili
Easy rice dishes - either Minute Rice or side dishes that require water only
Macaroni and cheese with the sauce all ready made - folks who are struggling don't always have the luxury of milk and butter to add to the powder.
Saltine or Ritz type crackers - we can't keep bread or other highly perishable food in the pantry and crackers certainly help add to soup and stew and as a vehicle for peanut butter and jelly
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)