Vendors, businesses and organizations participating in this project would allow DCS to place a container at their location to accept donations. On Sept. 20, the pantry at the Community Action Center at 1000 Goodwill Ave. will be open to accept special donations - perishables, non perishables, and fresh produce - from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Food containers will be emptied each Friday by a representative of DCS and food will be weighed in at the Community Action Center. In the event that a container is full prior to Friday, a representative of the participating business/organization may contact DCS to arrange pick up.
Information from the Maryland Food Bank said the most needed items include canned meat and fish, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, beans, oatmeal, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables.
For the Day to Serve, citizens from across the state will join neighbors in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to conduct food drives and environmental cleanups. In a letter to participants, Gov. Martin O'Malley said, "Last year's Day to Serve program was a great success. Due to the hard work of a coalition of religious, social and environmental organizations, more than 4,700 Marylanders volunteered."
In 2012, 237,000 pounds of food was donated to Maryland churches, community centers and food banks, while more than 200 service projects were organized. "This year, our goals are higher than ever," Gov. O'Malley said.
DCS would like as many businesses and organizations as possible to take part. Fresh & Green's and BB&T Bank have already joined the effort. "I think this is something that we can all get behind and spread throughout the community to our churches and other organizations," DCS Program Manager Michelle Nichols said.
"I’m excited about the potential here," Ms. Nichols said. "No doubt, we will need every ounce of food that we receive to help us feed the hungry families in our community."
To learn how to participate, contact Ms. Nichols at 410-221-1900, ext. 104, or Brenda Fields at the Community Action Center at 410-901-2991.