CEC Outreach News: May 20, 2021

Spread the Word to Help the Hungry: Farm to Families Food Giveaways

Spread the word among yourselves and any others who would benefit from free food. Distributions of produce, meat, and dairy items will take place at separate sites in Howard County on the last two Saturdays of May.

These are among the final food giveaways conducted as part of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In announcing plans to end the program on May 31, 2021, the department said that things have changed since the inception: “It was designed and implemented as a temporary, emergency relief effort to respond to severe market disruption caused by a global pandemic.”

At two sites in Howard County, the dates are the same: Saturday, May 22, and Saturday, May 29. But the times differ slightly. Volunteers will give out boxes starting at 9 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m. in the front lot at Ducketts Lane Elementary School, 6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge, MD, 21075. At Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia, MD, 21045, the distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until about 11 a.m. On each Saturday, the event may conclude earlier, or later, depending on demand for the boxes.

No proof of eligibility is required. The boxes of food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Columbia Community Care Plans Holiday Break, Announces Summer Changes

During the Memorial Day weekend, Columbia Community Care (CCC) will close its three donation sites on Saturday, May 29. Please spread the word so that those who benefit from CCC or sign up for duties with this all-volunteer organization may plan accordingly.

The distribution sites are located at Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Rd., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., and Long Reach Village Center, Suite 9, 8775 Cloudleap Court, all in Columbia.

For the summer, CCC announced new hours at its sites. Starting on June 2nd, the Wednesday hours are from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for volunteers; the line will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Saturdays, volunteers work from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the line is open from 10 a.m. to noon.

CCC also announced that its pantry at Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City will close permanently as of May 29th. Parishioners who volunteer to assemble and deliver orders for those without transportation will instead be utilizing the remaining pantry, which is located at New Hope Adventist Church in Fulton.

At Christ Church, our Racially Aware Group of Episcopalians (R.A.G.E) and the Outreach Commission join in asking parishioners to continue supporting CCC in various ways. To make it convenient, you may drop off requested items in the yellow collection bins in the Parish Hall. We have been gathering diapers, baby wipes, sanitary and personal care items, and adult diapers such as Depends. You can drop off items on weekdays until 2 p.m., but we ask that you call the church office at (410) 381-9365 ahead of time.

Bridges’ “Taste of Wine, Splash of Charity” to be Held June 10th

Please plan to order tickets and then enjoy the next