Worcester County Volunteer Services will host its fourth annual food drive for the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) from Jan. 30 to February 3, 2017. All county employees and the public are invited to participate.
"Thus far 2017 has been a very difficult winter for those who live on fixed incomes, often leaving them to make hard choices, like choosing between buying food and keeping warm,” Volunteer Services Manager Kelly Brinkley said. “The Maryland Food Bank helps them receive food at one of the many food pantries in Worcester County. When you pick up a can of soup for your family at the grocery store, drop a couple more in your cart for a local resident in need. That support will help assure someone can have both a warm dinner and a warm home."
Beginning January 30, canned food items can be deposited in specially-marked Maryland Food Bank barrels at these participating locations:
• Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill
• Ocean Pines Branch Library
• Worcester County Jail in Snow Hill
• Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill
Foods that are needed most include items that are high protein, ready-to-eat meals, such as canned meats, peanut butter, and hearty soups. Also needed are single-serving foods, like rice, pasta, beans, evaporated and powdered milk, infant formula, and fruits. Together we can help nourish those in our communities who don’t know where they’re next meals are coming from.
More than 46,000 individuals on the Eastern Shore are food insecure, and over a third of those individuals are children. In Worcester County alone, 13.6% of the population is food insecure. Those we are helping are our friends, our neighbors, the children your kids attend school with every day. Thirty eight percent of these families fail to qualify for federal or state assistance because on paper they do not meet the minimum standards.
For more information about the food drive, contact Brinkley at (410) 632-0090. Organizations interested in hosting food drives are invited to contact MFB Managing Director Jennifer Small at firstname.lastname@example.org.