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Last month, I talked about simple pleasures - especially when dealing with cold. Hot showers, hot chocolate, soup or stew simmering on the stove, the warm, welcoming lights of home. I also touched on the blizzard and how some of these simple pleasures we take for granted were not available for far too many. Especially parents with children dependent on school breakfast and lunch faced with having to provide those meals for an entire week while schools were closed. Imagine trying to figure out all those extra meals with no additional income and no way to procure more food.
Now think about that same situation if you're living in a hotel. One of the most heart wrenching, surprising and eye opening experiences I've had in my 30 years of human service work here in Anne Arundel County is the number of folks who live in hotels. And we aren't talking The Trump Tower or even The Holiday Inn. We're talking about places that have no kitchens or cooking facilities; some of the cheaper motels don't even have microwaves - or have one microwave in the office area for all residents to use. By the time a family has no option but a hotel, they've lost practically everything. Lucky ones have an electric frying pan, camp stove or burner. Imagine trying to cook a meal for your family when you're all in one room that houses the beds and maybe a table and chair and a bathroom - period. Many hotels don't offer refrigerators and there are some hotels that don't have potable water.
Imagine what it takes to feed your family with such limited cooking options. How many times would you have to microwave bowls of soup until everyone is fed? What options do you have if you don't have a microwave? When we have groups in the county who want to do food drives for us, we ask for specific foods or packaging. For instance, canned fruit with pop tops, canned soup and stew with pop tops, meals already packaged for microwave use, tuna in packs with crackers, or pop top cans of tuna/chicken and boxes of tuna/chicken helper so a meal can be made in one pan and foods that don't require refrigeration or preparation such as granola bars, peanut butter and jelly, snack crackers, raisins, pop tarts - food that will fill an empty tummy easily. Gift cards to grocery stores or donations we can turn into gift cards can cover anything from disposable plates and cutlery to something special like a rotisserie chicken meal.
The heart of Food Link is neighbors helping neighbors. We need your support and caring hearts to ensure we can continue to touch the lives of our neighbors in need.
With Warmest Thanks,
Cathy Bird & Staff
Food Link Offices - Summer Hours:(beginning July 1)
Monday - Thursday, 9 -4
**We will be closed on July 4th.**
Current Emergency Needs
pancake mix (complete and just add water)
macaroni and cheese with cheese sauce all ready made
Walmart Awards $30,000 Grant to Support and Expand the Wholesale Produce Program, June 2015. [read more]
THANK YOU for your generous donations through The Great Give 2015!
Food Link, Inc.
2666 Riva Road
3rd Floor MS 8302
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-897-3941 (main/Paula Gordon)
410-897-3942 (main/Cathy Holstrom-Bird)