a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency since 1991

Emergency Baby Pantry

There is a constant need for items for the Emergency Baby Pantry such as diapers, formula and baby wipes as well as newborn clothing. Other items on the list include bottles, pacifiers, baby wash, sippy cups, infant clothing, towels, washcloths, layette blankets, socks and infant shoes.

Each year, we respond to ever-increasing requests from hospitals, caseworkers, churches, individuals and support agencies in Anne Arundel County to meet the urgent needs of babies suffering from poverty, domestic violence, teen pregnancies and unexpected family crises.


NEW ANNAPOLITANS HOLIDAY DONATIONS - December 2013

Food Link was so excited to meet Donna Stackhouse at the curb in front of our building to receive a cart load of fabulous donations for the Emergency Baby Pantry. The wonderful New Annapolitan ladies had a Holiday party and delivered to our door much needed baby supplies, gift cards and cash donations! We love these kind and generous women who are so supportive of Food Link and the mission of the Emergency Baby Pantry Program. Thank you for all your support and Happy Holidays to the women of the New Annapolitans!




DIAPER DROP - September 1-26, 2013



See more in a recent WTOP.com article!






THANKS TO -

May 2013 - GLORIA DEI! LUTHERAN CHURCH IN ARNOLD HELD A "FRIENDSHIP TEA" AND COLLECTED DONATIONS FOR OUR BABY PANTRY

On Sunday May 19, Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church in Arnold hosted a wonderful afternoon "Friendship Tea" with many women in attendance. Donations for Food Link's Emergency Baby Pantry were received and Paula Gordon spoke to the ladies about the history of Food Link and the Emergency Baby Pantry Program. Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church has been a support to Food Link for many years, helping the Emergency Baby Pantry Program respond to the ever-increasing need in our county. This program's mission is to meet urgent needs of babies suffering from poverty, domestic violence, teen pregnancies and unexpected family crises. Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful women of Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church for your support of this mission.


April 2013 - DONATION FROM THE UMW ANNAPOLIS DISTRICT MISSION TEAM

The Emergency Baby Pantry Program at Food Link received a phenomenal donation from the UMW Annapolis District Mission Team. A carload of donations was delivered to our office by Janice Crowe and her daughter Jennifer Wittman.

Formula, jarred baby food, cereal, infant clothing, lotion, baby bath, baby wipes and an amazing 1,814 diapers of miscellaneous sizes!

A heartfelt thank you for this amazing baby shower for the Emergency Baby Pantry. We are beyond grateful for this amazing donation and your ongoing support of our mission!


September 2012 - MORE DONATIONS FOR FOOD LINK'S DIAPER DRIVE!


ARINC's Aviation Solutions Division collected diapers for Food Link's Emergency Baby Pantry.

And, Abigail Weaver celebrated her 3rd birthday by collecting baby supplies for Food link's Emergency Baby Pantry. Over 750 diapers, 16 packs of Wipes and 8 bottles of baby wash - exactly what we needed!


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The Food Link Emergency Baby Pantry in Annapolis, Maryland, received 7,872 Huggies diapers recently through a partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.). Food Link will distribute the diapers to partner agencies which serve over families throughout Anne Arundel County, including Brooklyn Church of God and the South County's Lula G. Scott Early Head Start Program. [Read more.] and [Read Eye On Annapolis Article]



Thanks to Shakti Studio, www.shaktistudiomd.com, who participated in a Baby Pantry for the month of March 2012. See below a list of the most needed items.

Diapers for newborns and size 4, 5, 6
Pull-ups
Baby Wash
Newborn girl items
Sleepers
Socks
Hats
Receiving blankets
Towels

If you want to participate, just purchase the item, leave it in the origional package, and drop it off in the Baby Pantry Box at Shakti Studio, 530 E. College Parkway, Suite E, Annapolis, Md. 21409.

Baby Pantry Drives

Siena Manoogian's Drive

This is my Gold Award project titled Bay Babies in Need: Understanding Poverty in Anne Arundel County. My project will supply emergency items to families with newborn babies through Food Link's Emergency Baby Pantry program while increasing awareness on poverty in Anne Arundel County. Through this video, I plan on spreading awareness about the growing issues of poverty in my community.

My goal is to have 30 Bay Babies In Need kits that will be filled by communities, churches, Girl Scout troops, and volunteers willing to help, and donate them to Food Link's Emergency Baby Pantry. Each kit will include:
  • 1 tube diaper rash cream (any brand)
  • 1 baby washcloth
  • 1 baby towel
  • 3 Layette sets (from 0-3 months)
  • 1 pack of diapers (0- 3 months, any brand)
  • 1 lotion and baby soap (Johnson and Johnson)
  • 1 pack of Baby Wipes (hypoallergenic)
  • 1 unused baby bottle (any brand)
  • 1 Pacifier
  • 1 Bib
  • 1 baby blanket
  • 1 infant toy (optional)
After my goal is reached, I will deliver these bags to Food Link to give to a newborn baby in need!


Our Main Programs

Retail Food Rescue
A wide variety of wholesome foods are donated by grocers, restaurants, caterers and food distribution services. Our volunteers pick up and deliver this food to recipient agencies and charities.
Emergency Baby Pantry
There is a constant need for items for the Emergency Baby Pantry such as diapers, formula and baby wipes as well as newborn clothing. Other items on the list include bottles, pacifiers, baby wash, sippy cups, infant clothing, towels, washcloths, layette blankets, socks and infant shoes. [Read more]

Wholesale Produce Distribution
Every Friday at the Maryland Wholesale Produce Market, vendors donate edible but non-sellable fresh fruits and vegetables for distribution to the needy.
The Crisis/Caring Connection
Over the years, we have become the first stop for help in the midst of a crisis and the last stop for help when traditional support programs are unable to help. We offer an immediate response to human needs, while others may take weeks, even months to process requests for aid.