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CATHY'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe that summer is over, and we're well on our way to the official start of fall. As you know, our emphasis in the summer is awareness of families who struggle with food insecurity who depend on school breakfast and lunch to keep their children fed. We thank all of you who joined with us in this endeavor. A very special thank you goes to the Unitarian Church of Annapolis for the award of their grant that ensured we were able to purchase the supply to keep up with the demand for healthy, child friendly food.

I'd like to talk about the flip side of the coin of hunger and discuss senior hunger. I recently came across the report Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger After Fifty which highlights the circumstances of older adults age 50 and older who need charitable food assistance through community food programs like Food Link. Building on previous senior hunger research, Baby Boomers and Beyond expands its scope to include pre-seniors between the ages of 50 and 64, who are particularly vulnerable as they are not yet of retirement age and thus ineligible for safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security.

Key findings from Baby Boomers and Beyond include:

  • - 13 million older adults age 50+ receive assistance from emergency food programs each year
  • - 62 percent of older adult clients are between the ages of 50 and 64
  • - 81 percent of older adult households are food insecure
  • - 68 percent of older adult households live in poverty based on their annual income

These statistics are sobering but not at all surprising to us. Each and every week we receive phone calls and referrals for senior citizens who do not have enough to eat. Some of our seniors have no support network whatsoever - no family or friends who can help. Many either are not eligible for retirement-age benefits yet or are living on impossibly small monthly incomes, some less than $500. What's even more heartbreaking is how embarrassed they are to have to ask for assistance and feel the need to explain their situation so we understand how great their need truly is. My own mom is a 90 year old widow but she's incredibly lucky to have daughters and other family members to help ... but far too many are not that lucky. What makes this more challenging is the number who are limited by health and medical conditions that cannot use shelf-stable foods. In those cases, a gift card to a grocery store ensures they can access the food essential to their recovery.

This is a reminder that when you support Food Link, you support all ages, genders, religions, ethnicities - any of our neighbors in crisis. Hunger and need don't discriminate and neither does Food Link. Your support is essential to our ability to offer the continuum of care necessary to meet the demand. TOGETHER we can provide nourishment, comfort and hope to our neighbors in need.

Cathy L. Bird, Executive Director,
Staff & Board of Food Link


IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Effective immediately, the emergency pantry is ONLY open on Tuesday and Friday.
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT...

if you are in need of emergency assistance. We cannot guarantee someone will be here to take care of walk-ins.

Hours of Business:

Food Link Offices are open on Tuesday - Thursday, 9 -4
and Friday 9 - 3

Current Emergency Needs

SPECIAL EMERGENCY: We have had a call from a single mother who desperately needs clothes for a 3 year old boy (size 4T) and a four year old girl (size 5T). If you can donate any, please contact our office right away. And, thank you!

pancake mix (complete and just add water)
syrup
macaroni and cheese with cheese sauce all ready made
jelly
canned ravioli
tuna helper
chicken helper
canned chicken

FOODLINK EVENTS/NEWS

Walmart Awards $30,000 Grant to Support and Expand the Wholesale Produce Program, June 2015. [read more]


THANK YOU for your generous donations through The Great Give 2015!

Contact Us

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)

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