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