Sunday, April 5, 2009

Catholic Charities and PGCPS Team Up to Fight Hunger

Feeding Families 2009

by: Michael A. Robinson, Coordinating Supervisor Parental Engagement (PGCPS) and Jennifer L. Holland, Program Coordinator (Catholic Charities)

Catholic Charities of Prince George’s County and Prince George’s County Public Schools have partnered in an effort to stock the shelves of our County’s local food pantry. The only pre-requisite of receiving assistance through this center is that the individual (s) in need must show proof of residency of Prince George’s County. We understand that there is no greater need than being able to provide food for families in need and therefore there is no set income guideline for clients to obtain these services.

From 3/16/2008- 3/16/2009, more than 574 food clients were served. The distribution of food to families in need was value at $24,094.00. The state of the economy has left our local pantry shelves in critical levels, and our vision is to be able to serve our clients every 30 days. Currently, because we are at a shortage of funding & food we have to place clients on 60 and 90 day food pantry visits.

Catholic Charities of Prince George’s County Center receives one food grant for $10,000.00, though this money is very appreciated by Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities also relies heavily on other donations in order to continue its mission of providing supplemental food assistance to families in Prince George’s County.

With the help of Prince George’s County Public Schools and the more than 200 Parent Liaisons located in every school, the demand for food can be met. Catholic Charities will provide participating schools with boxes or large bags for collection and will be responsible for picking up food on the dates scheduled. Because the end of the year is rapidly approaching we have scheduled the food drive to begin April 15, 2009 until May 15, 2009. If you are interested in donating please contact your neighborhood school’s Parent Liaison and for more details on when and where to drop off your donations.

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