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Charles County Department of Social Services launches food drive in response to food bank shortage

“If you can, please make a donation. In the wealthiest state in the nation, no one should ever go hungry.”  

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (March 9, 2012) – Today, Friday, March 9, 2012, the employees of Charles County Department of Social Services will launch an office-wide food drive to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. The food bank was recently forced to close due to a severe shortage of food donations.

 In order to reopen, the Southern Maryland Food Bank must secure a minimum of 15,000-18,000 lbs. of food per week. If sufficient food donations are received, the food bank hopes to re-open by Monday, March 19.

  “In times of great need, our community has always pulled together to help care for the least among us,” said Karen Butler, director Charles County Department of Social Services. “We’re stepping up to do our part to make sure no one goes hungry in Charles County, but we can’t do it alone. If you can, please make a donation of food. In the wealthiest state in the nation, no one should ever go hungry.”

 Charles County citizens are urged to make food donations as soon as possible to help the food bank to re-open and continue its mission of easing the pain of hunger in Southern Maryland. Non-perishable items may be brought to the Charles County Department of Social Services, 200 Kent Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646, which can be reached by phone at (301) 392-6400.

 Other food donations drop-off sites include:

 Southern Maryland Food Bank or Angel’s Watch Shelter

8395 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637

301-274-0695 or 202-345-6671

 Southern Maryland Association of Realtors

8440 Old Leonardtown Road, Suite 211, Hughesville, MD 20637

301-870-2323

 Long & Foster Realtors

3165 Crain Highway, #100, Waldorf, MD 20603

301-932-5148

 

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