Howard County Hosts Largest Food Drop Yet

HC Food Drop

Volunteers preparing for Food Drop in Howard County on May 11, 2016.

The Salvation Army Howard County Family Service Center & Thrift Store held a massive food drop on May 11, 2016. The food drop began at 1 pm and offered essential nourishments to families in Howard County and surrounding areas. Clients were notified of the food drop via email blasts to nearby schools, senior centers, low income apartment housing, and local newspapers.

Every month, The Salvation Army Howard County Family Service Center & Thrift Store conducts a food drop in order to provide essential food products such as canned goods and produce to people in need. The Salvation Army of Central Maryland Social Service Director/Volunteer Coordinator Peggy Vick and Case Manager Sue Hunt conducted the food drop. With the support of 25 volunteers, most of who were over the age of 60, Vick and Hunt provided food for 116 families (equivalent to over 540 individuals.)

The Maryland Food Bank donated 6,000 pounds of produce to the Howard County center for the food drop, making this the largest food participation to date in Howard County. The volunteers pre-packed 116 bags of canned goods and clients also selected their produces of choice.

Despite pouring rain during the event, the volunteers were eager to serve those in need. “I enjoyed watching the enthusiasm of the volunteers as they prepared the food items for the respective clientele,” said Vick. Male volunteers even helped the clients pack the groceries into their cars.

This monthly food drop is just one of the many ways that The Salvation Army of Central Maryland helps alleviate the burdens of poverty for our community.

People tend to think that Howard County is a wealthy community but it also has deep pockets of poverty. We [The Salvation Army of Central Maryland] would like to fill the need in those pockets.

The next food drop at The Salvation Army Howard County Family Service Center & Thrift Store will take place on June 15, 2016.