Feeding program seeing a growth spurt
by Lisa Tome
Corn, cabbage, carrots and more.
Volunteers Eleanor Gaylord, Evelyn Jordan, Cheryl Griffin, Rosina Carey are making sure that people in downtown Port Deposit and the surrounding area are eating well. Once a month, the four women team up to coordinate distribution of food during a Maryland Food Bank food drop. The food giveaway is held at Port Deposit Presbyterian on Main Street. The event is held the second Thursday of each month and people line up for the free food.
"We've been doing it year round for four or five years," said Jordan, a former Cecil County Public School principal. In May, the program serviced 210 households. Specifically 61 children and teens, 152 people ages 18-64, and 48 senior citizens over age 65 got food through the program. "It's consistent and increasing," said Jordan. "We have people from Harford and Cecil and as far away as Earleville.
No identification is required, there are no forms to fill out, and there are no income requirements. Those manning the distribution will ask for a cell phone number and the number of people being helped. The phone number in is the event of a product recall.
Multiple churches have teamed up to provide volunteers for this program - including Port Presbyterian, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Tome Church, and Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene.
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