You have demon­strated that you truly care about our neigh­bors by help­ing soup kitchen

The Enterprise - - Community Forum -

Each sum­mer, St. Mary’s Car­ing Soup Kitchen in Lex­ing­ton Park tack­les the feat of pro­vid­ing weekly gro­ceries for 30 of our need­i­est el­e­men­tary school-age chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

The Feed the Fam­i­lies pro­gram is a unique ini­tia­tive tar­get­ing 30 of the need­i­est fam­i­lies in our county dur­ing the sum­mer school break.

The fam­i­lies are se­lected by Ti­tle 1 school prin­ci­pals at Lex­ing­ton Park, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Carver and Park Hall el­e­men­tary schools. The chil­dren in th­ese fam­i­lies are in the free and re­duced-price meal pro­gram and re­ceive food at their schools dur­ing the school year.

How­ever, when school is not in ses­sion, they are in jeop­ardy of hav­ing no more than four or five nu­tri­tious meals each week.

This sum­mer, St. Mary’s Car­ing pro­vided 21,160 free meals to th­ese food-in­se­cure fam­i­lies dur­ing the course of 10½ weeks, en­sur­ing that their chil­dren would not go to bed hun­gry.

Feed the Fam­i­lies, and our Sum­mer Shine Din­ners served twice weekly dur­ing school break, are in ad­di­tion to our daily mis­sion of feed­ing free break­fast and lunch, six days a week to any­one in need, no ques­tions asked.

As a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, St. Mary’s Car­ing can­not tackle hunger with­out the help of our car­ing com­mu­nity.

In ad­di­tion to our hard-work­ing and com­pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers, we would like to thank the fol­low­ing groups who part­nered in this en­deavor to al­le­vi­ate hunger in our own back­yard: Northrop Grum­man, Smartronix, Mary­land Food Bank, Farm­ing 4 Hunger, The Ladies Fleet Aux­il­iary, St. Luke United Methodist, Ab­berly Crest Apart­ments, End Hunger in Calvert, The Green Team of Hol­i­day Inn Solomons, Good Sa­mar- itan Lutheran, Sot­ter­ley Plan­ta­tion, St. Mary’s Col­lege Just Food Writ­ing Class, Even’ Star Or­ganic Farms, Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints, Lex­ing­ton Park United Methodist, The Mom’s Club North County, as well as countless oth­ers who donated food.

It is peo­ple like you who make St. Mary’s County the per­fect place to live, be­cause you have demon­strated that you truly care about our neigh­bors.

Kris­tine Millen, Me­chan­icsville

The writer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen in Lex­ing­ton Park.

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