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(Jan. 15, 2015) Worcester County Volunteer Services will hold its second annual food drive for the Maryland Food Bank on Jan. 26-30.
The focus of this food drive is to provide ready-to-eat canned meals. Canned items most needed include meats that are high in protein – such as tuna, salmon and chicken – and hearty stews.
“The 2014 statistics revealed that one in every five children and senior citizens are food insecure, which means they don’t know what or when their next meal will be,” Volunteer Services Manager Kelly Brinkley said.
“No one should have to carry the stress of wondering whether or not they will eat on any given day. You and I working together can help alleviate this stress from our neighbors by donating canned goods that are whole meals in themselves. Together, we can provide them with a healthy and nutritious start to 2015.”
Beginning Jan. 26, canned food items can be deposited in specially marked Maryland Food Bank barrels at these participating locations:
•Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill.
•All five Worcester County Branch Libraries: Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke.
•Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.
More than 45,000 people on the Eastern Shore can’t depend on having a meal every day and 16,000 of them are children. In Worcester County alone, the food supply is not dependable for 12.8 percent of the population. That is the fourth highest such rate on the Eastern Shore, behind Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico counties.
Thirty-eight percent of these families fail to qualify for federal or state assistance because on paper they do not meet the minimum standards.
For more information about the Worcester County food drive, contact Brinkley at 410-632-0090. Organizations interested in hosting food drives are invited to contact food bank Managing Director Jennifer Small at