Thanks to Carroll County Food Sunday nearly 600 households within the county can be sitting right down to a hearty meal on Thanksgiving.
The nonprofit group in Westminster, Eldersburg, and Taneytown, spent the final week distributing turkeys and aspect dishes to 592 households. Of that, 150 had been handed out Saturday by Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, as a part of a “Catch-a-Turkey” occasion at Blaze Pizza in Westminster, which the group hopes will grow to be an annual custom.
“The holiday time is our busiest time,” stated Caroline Babylon, government director of the nonprofit. “This week has been our busiest.”
Babylon stated most households receiving a Thanksgiving dinner additionally come to the group for meals all year long.
“These are families that come see us already,” she stated. “They get their regular food for the week and a bag for Thanksgiving.”
Clients who obtain meals from Food Sunday should be Carroll County residents, however that’s the solely qualification. No monetary info is required.
“We don’t really ask any questions,” Babylon stated. “It’s for anyone that walks in the door that needs food.”
During the pandemic, further emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds, also referred to as meals stamps, had been offered for struggling households. But these further funds led to March. That has resulted in a bigger variety of individuals needing help this yr, Babylon stated.
“You walk in the grocery store and everything costs [more],” she stated.
With Christmas simply 4 weeks away, Food Sunday is gearing as much as assist much more households.
For Christmas meals, households can be getting ham or turkey, macaroni and cheese, corn and applesauce.
First Financial Federal Credit Union has donated funds to pay for hams and turkeys this yr, Babylon stated.
Carroll County Food Sunday launched in 1982, and at this time counts on group fundraisers and junk mail solicitation of county residents for funding, its web site states.
Food distribution takes place on the following areas, year-round:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:15 a.m., and 1-2:15 p.m., Citizens Services Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster.
- Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg.
- Thursdays, 9:30-11:15 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.
- Saturdays, 11th of September:15 a.m., Citizens Services Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster.