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Like many of you, I'm shaking my head at the realization that the holidays are almost here! It's easy to become overwhelmed with the thought of all there is to do to get ready. Planning a beautiful holiday season for our families and friends is something we look forward to each year. In the midst of all the activity and merriment, it is easy to forget that there are so many neighbors in need who are crushed with the weight of providing the basic daily living essentials for their families. When you're worried about where the next meal is coming from, how to keep the heat and lights on, when there's no money for diapers for the baby or enough money for rent, thinking about the holidays is not a joy but a heartache.
Each and every day of the year, Food Link works with those who are struggling to survive and need to count on the kindness of others for assistance. Let me share with you a note that truly touched my heart from someone we've helped. Her words explain how much this is appreciated.
The upcoming Holiday Food offer is especially appreciated. Most holidays fall on the last part of the month ... Christmas, Thanksgiving. Before your help, many holidays I got to eat plain rice, while the aroma of the neighbors holiday feasts floated in the window. On a few holidays, I had even less.
Everyone has experienced the discomfort of dieting, I think. But not everyone has felt the terrible ache of true hunger. Having experienced it in the past, I wanted you to know how much your caring means to me. Thank you for your programs and assistance in keeping me healthy and fed. I will always be grateful and thank God I found your organization. D.C."
Too many of our neighbors have no idea how they'll keep the roof over their heads, heat in the house, provide a turkey for Thanksgiving, or how to tell their children Santa isn't coming. Thanks to generous people like you, they won't have to.
- Your $100 donation will provide diapers and formula for an infant in need for month.
- Your $250 donation provides Christmas gifts for a family with children and food to last beyond the holiday.
- Your $500 gift can provide crucial rent or utility assistance.
- Your $1000 gift can provide food in the emergency pantry for three months.
Whether your help comes in time to help the over 100 families we adopt at Thanksgiving and Christmas, or comes at the end of year to help with every day needs, your support stays right here in Anne Arundel County. Make your tax deductible donation by December 31st and help put smiles on sad faces and take the weight off a heavy heart. Together, we instill hope and give heart to the message of the season - BELIEVE.
To donate NOW, just click this link. It will certainly to make a difference for someone in our community.
Thank you for sharing your generosity and caring spirit with us.
Wishing you and your loved ones the blessings of the season,
Cathy L. Bird, Executive Director
IMPORTANT NOTICE: if you are in need of emergency assistance. We cannot guarantee someone will be here to take care of walk-ins.
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT...
Hours of Business:
Food Link Offices will be open on
Tuesday - Thursday, 9 -4
and Friday 9 - 3
Produce Program Schedule
OVER FOR 2014.
We begin again Friday, January 30th, then Friday, February 27th, Friday, March 27th ... then begin our weekly program again Friday, April 3rd.
All sizes of pull-ups, wipes, size nb, 1, 4, 5, 6 diapers
Grocery store gift cards and gasoline gift cards
Shelf stable milk
We also need paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, laundry detergent, tooth paste, cleaning supplies.
St. Mary's Elementary School donated 1,800 pounds of food as a part of their Maryland Day to Serve Program. [read more]
- 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)