The Delmarva Community Action Agency, a Division of Delmarva Community Services, Inc. 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. Participants will be registered with the program and an end of season appreciation dinner will be held to honor everyone who helped to end summer hunger. “We are especially encouraging young gardeners ages 5 to 18 to become a part of something bigger than themselves and will award special prizes at the appreciation dinner to young people who help us to end summer hunger in our community,” Mrs. Handley said.
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.