Cumberland Times-News

August 31, 2013

Food drive

SHA, state police team up for collection


Cumberland Times-News

— The more locations the public has to make donations to food banks, the better chance communities have of reducing the problem of hunger. The latest project we have heard about is a partnership between the State Highway Adminstration and Maryland State Police to conduct a state-wide food bank campaign during the month of September.

Thirty-seven SHA locations throughout the state will accept food to be gien to the Maryland Food Bank. The project is part of “Hunger Action Month.”

The SHA will accept food donations locally at its LaVale site, 1221 West Braddock Road and at its Garrett County site, Keyser’s Ridge, 3876 National Pike, Accident. Additionally, food will be accepted at all 23 State Police barracks, including LaVale and McHenry.

“SHA is pleased to partner with the Maryland State Police and the Food Bank and we urge all citizens to join our harvest of hope to help end hunger in Maryland,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Between SHA and State Police locations, there are plenty of places to drop off non-perishable food donations to support people in need in your community.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 720,000 Marylanders are uncertain where their next meal is coming from.  Of that number, 460,000 live in the Maryland Food Bank’s service area and these individuals miss about 79 million meals each year because they do not have consistent access to sufficient food for their families.

The SHA-State Police goal is to fill 60 barrels of food with donations of canned goods. The food then will be taken to Maryland Food bank warehouses throughout the state.

For a list of all 37 SHA locations where food donations can be made visit: www.roads.maryland.gov. Bright orange banners emblazoned with “Hunger Action Month” will be visible at each food collection site.  The Maryland Food bank designated Sept. 5 as “go Orange Day” to highlight the SHA locations with orange food collections barrels.