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It's always difficult for me to realize this time every year that we are into a New Year. It seems to happen so quickly! With this always come the hope for better things - more peace in the world, in our lives, more positivity to embrace and celebrate. Here at Food Link we enter 2017 with full hearts open to help make positive changes in the lives of our neighbors and our community and our hope you will help us in this mission.
It's impossible to talk about the new beginning without reflecting on the end of 2016 and specifically, the holidays. Because of your support, we were able to provide over 100 Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. This includes families with and without children, senior citizens, the disabled and kindship care providers who otherwise would not have had a holiday meal. This translates to over 400 people who enjoyed a complete, hot traditional Thanksgiving dinner with their families and loved ones or even if alone, were able to enjoy the holiday just like everyone else. What an uplifting gift to be able to preserve the dignity and tradition for so many!
Christmas found us busier than ever, again, trying to help those who would otherwise fall through the cracks, the disabled, the newly unemployed, the senior citizens, the adults who don't qualify for any assistance or have children in age groups that don't qualify for assistance, were too late to apply or weren't adopted from other agencies, grandparents, aunts and good friends who had taken in children to avoid foster care placement. Everything from Christmas trees to new beds to microwaves to clothing to toys to holiday meals and everything in between were provided to those who would otherwise have had nothing at all and Christmas would have passed as another lonely, wanting, hungry day of the year. Again, due to the generosity and caring hearts of our supporters, close to 200 men, women and children had a beautiful holiday. "Santa" came to those who would have had absolutely nothing, and while it's heartwarming to know how many children were thrilled that Santa came, imagine how much it meant to the parents, grandparents and guardians to see those happy faces Christmas morning! Those smiles, that happiness and grateful tears would never have happened without you. Amazingly, we were able to prove that the holidays represent the best in all of us, that it is the season of miracles and there is reason to always BELIEVE.
At Food Link, we BELIEVE that this giving spirit will continue in the New Year because while we were taking care of holiday needs, we were still taking care of all the other emergency needs as well: eviction prevention, utility turn off assistance, groceries for those unable to put food on the table, formula and other necessary baby items for those without, gas to get back and forth to work and the doctor's and the list goes on and on. We will continue to do so as long as we can.
We hope your hearts were warmed by the magic you provided and your holidays sparkled with love and laughter.
Happy New Year With Heartfelt Thanks,
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)