We donate to the Frederick Food Bank. Never often enough (people eat every day!), but we are trying to go more often. I have made a point to grow extra chard this year for the Food Bank, because I know how popular greens are there, and such a nutritious fresh food. They do not receive enough fresh vegetable donations. Whenever I donate, there are always a couple people with their eyes on the greens. They ask, “that going to be available in the Food Bank today?” or “when did you pick those greens?” I hope that we get there routinely with a batch of fresh greens from our extra row. Here are our greens donated last week:
You don’t have to have a farm’s quantity to make a wonderful donation to the Food Bank. They accept donations of food in any quantity, and they make it easy now. You can just stop in at the loading dock and drop your donation into this bin:
Here are the homegrown veggies that were in the bin when we delivered. Someone went to the wonderful effort to pick bags of green beans, and there were some big zucchinis that your neighbor doesn’t want, but the Food Bank does:
The information online does not make it easy to find the loading dock with this bin conveniently located. SO, I will tell you all about it. Head into downtown Frederick on Main Street (this is coming from south, or Costco, or 355/Buckeystown Pike). A few blocks into the downtown area, take a RIGHT onto ALL SAINTS ST. The Soup Kitchen is there at the corner on your right. Pass it and a little courtyard and immediately next is the FOOD BANK, all on your right. Take a RIGHT into their parking lot. The loading dock is on the RIGHT and there you will find the BLUE BIN.
Make the effort to seek this out the first time, and then you will realize how easy it is to stop by with even the smallest donation from your garden or pantry shelf. They will appreciate it so much! If you take a large enough donation that you would like a tax donation receipt, you can find someone there (likely Sarah) and request a tax deductible donation receipt. Here is their address and more info:
FCAA Foodbank Program
George L. Shields Foodbank Facility
14 East All Saints Street, Frederick, MD 21701
The Frederick Community Action Agency accepts a wide range of donations, including non-perishable food items such as pasta, rice, canned or frozen vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats, breakfast cereals, and other staple items (home canned foods cannot be accepted).
In addition, the agency accepts donations of disposable diapers, baby food, infant formula, blankets, gloves, hats, underwear, and adult hygiene supplies such as razors, soap, toothbrushes, shampoo, and deodorant.
Monetary donations are also accepted and are tax-deductible.
For more information about making donations, please contact Sarah McAleavy, Coordinator at 301-600-6263, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just wanted to let you know that word has definitely gotten around about the food bank’s need for fresh veggies (I found out about it through local blogs like this one). When we dropped off our bag last week both blue bins were full and I saw lots of fresh produce, including melons, potatoes and zucchini. 🙂
Fantastic! That is good news. We should all keep the word going!