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It is so very hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner. We're probably all hoping to drop the few extra pounds we're carrying around courtesy of Halloween. That's so we have plenty of room for the few extra pounds we can count on from celebrating our next holiday - Thanksgiving. In the traditional sense, Thanksgiving makes us all think of gathering with family and friends around a table laden with a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, special rolls and always someone's treasured recipe for a favorite dish. It is this sense of family and belonging that we all appreciate and strive for. It is realizing how much we have to be grateful for and to participate in meaningful holiday traditions.
But Thanksgiving can come in many forms. A recent client wrote: "I want to thank you for being so kind to me when I came to you. I cried all over the person helping me when I told her I fed my 2 year old son green beans for breakfast because that was all I had." Her note to us was certainly one of giving thanks which has nothing to do with a turkey and all the trimmings, just "regular" food so she and her son could eat. How lucky are we who never have that worry? While we help families with holiday meals, what is just as important is helping families who need food any day, any month, any time during the year. Unfortunately, hunger never takes a holiday.
For over 25 years Food Link has been the community safety net, a caring cadre of neighbors helping neighbors. The services we provide offer nourishment, comfort and hope to children, senior citizens, working individuals and families, the homeless and those living on medical disability. When you support Food Link, you play a crucial part in our ability to provide an array of life-sustaining assistance to those most in need. For one family this may be groceries and baby items, for another that could mean eviction prevention or other assistance through our Caring Umbrella.
All of us at Food Link hope that you and your family will have much to celebrate this holiday season. Should you decide you'd like to share your bounty with a family in need, please consider donating to us. Together we can continue to weave the lasting threads of caring and compassion to strengthen the tapestry of our community.
Cathy Bird & Staff
Food Link Offices - Fall Hours:Tuessday - Friday, 9 -4
Notice: Our only remaining produce program will occur on Friday, December 16th.
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)