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September is National Hunger Awareness Month
Happy Fall! Well, the official start of fall is this month which means we're saying good-bye officially to summer. Soon the hazy days of summer will give way to cooler temperatures and the beautiful rainbow of autumn leaves. All of us at Food Link hope you had a wonderful, fun and relaxing summer with many heartwarming memories to last for years to come. School is back in session full time for all - and before you know it - we'll be talking about the holidays.
I want to start by thanking all of you, our wonderful, generous community, for your assistance with Pick Up The Tab For Hunger. This was our first foray into specifically reaching out to serve those school-aged children who faced the very real threat of hunger all summer without the benefit of school meals. With your help, we were able to help more than 150 children with breakfast each weekday morning and 90 families each weekend with groceries for the weekend. As you are probably also aware, there were thousands of children who needed help obtaining school supplies to start off the year. Once again, the community responded with generosity which means children who would have shown up empty-handed the first day of school had back packs filled with everything on the list to begin on the right foot. Imagine what a difference that makes to a child's dignity.
You will also notice that September has been designated National Hunger Awareness Month. While we are always in favor of anything that helps reach and educate the public to the very real needs in our community, it is our hope that our message of hunger being a daily need, is also being heard. Each and every day, the Food Link office fields calls for emergency food assistance both from caseworkers, the school system, the medical center and the families in crisis. Each and every day we are aware that people here in Anne Arundel County not only struggle with the inability to put food on the table but formula and pampers for the babies, medication for serious illness, the means to keep lights and heat on. There are families living with unbelievable situations that make something as simple as putting gas in the car to keep getting to work or medical appointments an impossible nightmare.
This is what we dedicate our lives to - helping our neighbors in need. Many times we understand that people want to help but aren't sure how to go about doing so. One fun way to do this would be to join us at our annual fundraiser. This year it's called THE BLING AND BLUE JEAN BASH. It will be held at Homestead Gardens on Saturday, September 20th from 7 - 10 p.m. It's going to be an incredible evening of great food, marvelous toe tapping live music, and fun things like a caricature artist. We know the company will be incomparable. We would love to have you come and share the evening with us. Your support that night is a very visible way to show you care and want to make a difference right here in our community. It also ensures that we can continue to provide nourishment, comfort and hope to our neighbors in need. If you can come out, please be sure to say hi as we love to meet new friends.
Hope to see you there!
Cathy L. Bird, Executive Director
Hours of Business:
Food Link Offices will be open on
Tuesday - Thursday, 9 -4
and Friday 9 - 3
Produce Program Schedule
In April on the 4th, every Friday til the end of the year.
A working window air conditioner for four clients. Please help our neighbors in this hot weather! Please call our office.
Shelf stable milk
We also need paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, laundry detergent, tooth paste, cleaning supplies.
SUMMER 2014 - "Gangway to Galilee" Vacation Bible School Fills Treasure Chest with an Overflow of Baby Items for the Emergency Baby Pantry [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)