The Star Democrat

St. Michaels Community Center receives No Kid Hungry grant

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ST. MICHAELS — The St. Michaels Community Center recently received a No Kid Hungry grant in support of its ongoing food distributi­on program for children and families experienci­ng food insecurity in St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred communitie­s. Maryland’s Bay Hundred area is a rural and mostly agricultur­al area that extends from St. Michaels to Tilghman Island.

SMCC’s food distributi­on program

includes a food bank and community food pantry; a weekend backpack program; Supplement­al Nutrition Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children nutrition outreach and services; afterschoo­l and childcare meals and snacks; summer program participan­t meals; and more.

No Kid Hungry is a national organizati­on working to end childhood hunger. The national campaign is run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world; more informatio­n can be found at www.nokidhungr­y.org.

“The St. Michaels Community Center is the only nonprofit in the Bay Hundred area whose primary mission is to provide services to economical­ly disadvanta­ged residents,” said SMCC Executive Director Patrick Rofe. “We also serve people in crisis and emergency situations, including those suffering from the effects of fire, flood, eviction, job loss or other special circumstan­ces.”

Rofe says 1 in 5 children nationwide are food insecure, and 43% of Talbot public school kids receive free or reduced-price school meals.

“The $10K No Kid Hungry grant will be used to serve more than 1,000 of our local youth facing food insecurity,” Rofe said.

“We still need to count on donor support each year to help meet our community’s needs, but this grant helps to offset the costs of making sure no one goes hungry throughout the entire year, and especially during the holidays.”

The Community Center also participat­es in the Talbot County Hunger Coalition to help eliminate food insecurity for low-income individual­s and families in Talbot County.

The Center’s Community Café and pantry are open three days a week to provide meals and groceries for anyone in need, with limited local delivery provided by a group of dedicated volunteers. The St. Michaels Community Center also hosts food drives and holiday meals for Thanksgivi­ng, Christmas and Easter, along with year-round engaging programs and activities for children and adults.

Tax-deductible donations to the St. Michaels Community Center are being 100% matched through December, and can be made online at www.stmichaels­cc.org. Proceeds from the Treasure Cove Thrift Shop in St. Michaels also help the nonprofit provide year-round community programs that serve people from throughout the Bay Hundred area.

 ?? ?? St. Michaels Community Center’s Jeannie Butler prepares take-out meals at the center. The St. Michaels Community Center is the only nonprofit in the Bay Hundred area whose primary mission is to provide services to economical­ly disadvanta­ged residents. Donations and grant funding also help SMCC serve people in crisis and emergency situations, including those suffering from the effects of fire, flood, eviction, job loss or other special circumstan­ces, with online giving and more at http://www.stmichaels­cc.org.
St. Michaels Community Center’s Jeannie Butler prepares take-out meals at the center. The St. Michaels Community Center is the only nonprofit in the Bay Hundred area whose primary mission is to provide services to economical­ly disadvanta­ged residents. Donations and grant funding also help SMCC serve people in crisis and emergency situations, including those suffering from the effects of fire, flood, eviction, job loss or other special circumstan­ces, with online giving and more at http://www.stmichaels­cc.org.
 ?? ?? St. Michaels Community Center Food Distributi­on Director and Youth Programs Coordinato­r Amy DeWitt works preparing pantry bags and take-out meals for residents in need in St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred area. The Community Center recently received a No Kid Hungry grant in support of its ongoing food distributi­on program for children and families experienci­ng food insecurity in local communitie­s.
St. Michaels Community Center Food Distributi­on Director and Youth Programs Coordinato­r Amy DeWitt works preparing pantry bags and take-out meals for residents in need in St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred area. The Community Center recently received a No Kid Hungry grant in support of its ongoing food distributi­on program for children and families experienci­ng food insecurity in local communitie­s.

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