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Food Link needs to raise $3,000 by June 15 so that we can help our neighbors through the summer... when their children don't get free school breakfasts and lunches. It's a sad but true fact that they may not otherwise get that necessary nutrition until school starts in the Fall.
Please donate directly to Food Link to help! Thank you.
We are a Proud Community Impact Partner of UWCM! Make an online donation to Food Link of Maryland (Food Link 7231) through the United Way of Central Maryland website!
Give through Great Give Annapolis 2013:
- $ 10 Buys breakfast for 3 children for one week
- $ 25 Buys gas for the produce truck for 1 week
- $ 50 Buys diapers for 1 month
- $ 100 Buys medication for 1 month
- $ 150 Buys formula for 1 month
- $ 250 Feeds 5 families for 1 week
- $ 500 Keeps a family in their home for 2 weeks
A MESSAGE FROM FOOD LINK
It's the wonderful month of May which hosts a very special occasion - Mother's Day. It is a day set aside to honor our mothers, grandmothers, guardians, whoever that one wonderful woman was who loved and nurtured us, took care of our needs and was always there for us.
These memories are special to these wonderful women as well. But imagine for a moment, what it's like to want to love, provide and care for a child but be unable to? Sometimes, life can throw you a curveball you never saw coming. Take, for instance, a situation one of our clients ("A") found herself in. She had raised her children, became a grandmother and was working towards retirement. Then, her daughter got into drugs and "A" ended up as legal guardian and sole provider for her two young grandchildren.
She writes: "Good intentions can turn into nightmares as grandparents face a social service system that doesn't support their efforts. Financial, social and legal aid automatically provided to "foster care" families is not available to grandparents (or other family members) to help them raise their children's children. Money I've struggled to save towards my own retirement is viewed as assets, making me ineligible to receive federal, state and/or local financial aid. I attempted to obtain financial help through Maryland's social services program but was turned down for food stamps because I make too much for a family of three. This doesn't make sense to me as there is nothing left after paying rent, day care, medical bills and other necessary expenses. I've had to decide between buying diapers for two toddlers and paying the rent; paying the car insurance bill or buying gas. Suddenly, I am a single parent again, struggling financially and emotionally to raise small children. My only saving grace - the one thing that has kept me sane - was finding Food Link. This organization is nothing short of angels. They have helped me with diapers and food for my grandchildren and even put them on their holiday lists. If not for them, my grandchildren wouldn't have had Christmas or even daily essentials due to lack of funds. They have never judged me and only shown understanding and caring."
We are thrilled to be able to help "A" and many others like her. So many of us are blessed to have a mother figure, someone who has loved and cared for us our entire lives. This is our time to say thank you for that gift of a lifetime. If you're not sure how to honor the "mother" in your life, consider a donation to the emergency baby pantry in her name. Let her know that you want to help touch other mothers and children's lives with the same love and caring she gave you.
Wishing All Mothers (and Caregivers) An Especially Happy Mother's Day!
Warmest Personal Regards,
Emergency Needs for Spring
Instant mashed potatoes
Minute Rice or Boil In Bag Rice
Parmalot or shelf-stable milk
Juice mixes such as Kool-Aid or fruit punch (even those in a hotel have access to water to make a drink)
Macaroni and cheese with all-ready prepared sauce mix
Pull-ups in every size
April 2013 - Baby Pantry Donation from the UMW Annapolis District Mission Team
April 2013 - The staff of Lotus Therapeutic Massage held a peanut butter & jelly drive for FOOD LINK
Brian Riddle of Homestead Gardens Awarded Food Link's Hunger Hero Award
HIGHLIGHTING FAYE CURRIE
Meet Faye Currie, Financial Secretary for Food Link [read more]
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)