Each summer, many families in Dorchester County suffer as they try to supply food to their children, who during the school year receive subsidized meals at school. This situation is known across the nation as “Summer Hunger”.
Last summer, DCS led a successful effort to put surplus local produce on the tables of hungry local children.
The Delmarva Community Action Agency, a division of DCS, tries to assist these families through its community food pantry. While the pantry receives a large quarterly donation of food from the Maryland Food Bank and some goods from individuals, stocks dwindle during the summer. The donated food also tends to be canned and non-perishable food items.
“We are inviting gardeners across the county to make a difference by giving any extra fresh fruits and/or vegetables from their garden to the community pantry in an effort to end summer hunger,” DCS Manager Mary Handley said. “This gives poor people an opportunity to benefit from healthy foods that are often the most expensive to buy in stores.”
Mrs. Handley said no gift of produce is too small. For more information, contact Mrs. Handley at Delmarva Community Services, Inc. at 410-221-1930 or Brenda Fields at the Community Action Agency at 410-901-2991.