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Happy February! Hard to believe that we're already into the second month of 2015. It's a short month with many important holidays and events. Perhaps February's two most notable are Groundhog's Day and Valentine's Day.
Many people anxiously await the predictions of the furry weather savant of Puxatawney, PA to see if there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Children and many who are young-at-heart hope for more winter so there's a chance of at least one really good snowstorm. But if you are a family struggling to keep the heat and lights on, you're fervently hoping for that early spring. Rates for heat are extremely high, and we receive a tremendous increase in requests for utility assistance as the cold weather sets in. Often it is senior citizens or disabled folks who are trying to maintain the basics on very limited incomes. Regardless of age or circumstance, can you imagine living without heat or lights? That also means the refrigerator won't work and there's the additional worry of losing food - another precious commodity - and one they don't have the means to replace.
Valentine's Day is a day for celebrating love - all types of love - between parent and child, siblings, special friends and, of course, romantic partners. I still recall fondly having to decorate a cigar box for this special day so I'd have a mailbox to receive Valentine greetings from my classmates. Picking out the boxes of valentines so there would be a card for everyone was as much fun as picking out the decorations for the "mailbox". I found out that many teachers and schools stopped this practice because for some families, this wasn't a fun project; it was one more thing they didn't have the means for, especially if they had more than child. For me that was surprising - and sad.
Probably because I am involved in human services, I think there's a great way to sort of combine these two distinct days. The most selfless giving thing anyone can do is to extend a helping hand to someone in need. The greatest gift many could possibly receive in this month of love is the means to pay their utility bill. Might not seem very romantic but it certainly would warm many hearts - not to mention fingers and toes. You can start that caring line by going to our website, www.foodlinkmaryland.org and donating online. Your can feel safe knowing that your support will help someone right here in Anne Arundel County. You will become part of our army of neighbors helping neighbors.
All of us at Food Link hope you enjoy the precious gift of love - that by words, cards and gifts you are reminded of how special you are to others and you will share those same feelings in return. And if you happen to have a little extra love to spare.....
Warmest Personal Thanks,
Cathy L. Bird, Executive Director,
Staff & Board of Food Link
IMPORTANT NOTICE: if you are in need of emergency assistance. We cannot guarantee someone will be here to take care of walk-ins.
Effective immediately, the emergency pantry is ONLY open on Tuesday and Friday.
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.
February's Emergency Needs
Hot and cold cereal
Pancake mix and syrup
Mac and cheese
Instant potatoes and gravy
Large size diapers and wipes
Tuna and Tuna Helper.
February 24 - Friends for Benefits Event to Benefit Food Link [read more]
Whole Foods Donates Pallets of Food - February 4, 2015 [read more]
Annapolis Area Christian School donated more than two truckloads of non-perishable food and diapers!
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)